Sunday, May 19, 2024

Cannes Picks a Very Female Jury for Spike Lee, Including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mati Diop and Melanie Laurent


Spike Lee is going to be presiding over a hot jury next month in Cannes.

The rest of his team has been announced and it’s very female-driven, and cutting edge.

Among his jurists will be Maggie Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, and Mati Diop.  The other women are Mylene Farmer and Jessica Hausner.

There are three men including actor Tahar Rahim, who is very much in demand right now after “The Mauritanian.” The other men are Kleber Mendonça Filho and Song Kang-ho,

This is a sensational group, and they will have their work cut out for them with a huge number of films in competition. It will be fascinating to see what direction they go in choosing the final awards, the Palm D’or, etc.

Cannes 2021 begins July 6th.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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