Few hours before the opening ceremony of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the members of the jury strike a pose. In Croisette, the tension is rising.
When 2019 Cannes jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu debuted Amores Perros 20 years ago in the Semaine de la Critique, he said, he would never have imagined that he’d be jury president, as a Latino American filmmaker.
He’s the loudest voice on this year’s jury, which assembled at a festival dinner Monday night. He praised French cinema, saying “art-film theatre owners are great heroes”, but he also gave credit to Netflix for making them available online.
Elle Fanning is the youngest jury member her jury. She is enthusiastic about representing the younger point of view. “I am proud to represent a young voice in this festival,” she said, “to view movies from the eyes of a young audience member.”
Other members of the jury come from the worlds of graphic novels, author-filmmaker Enki Bilal (Tykho Moon), American academia and indie film, writer-director Kelly Reichardt, Italian cinema, writer-director Alice Rohrwacher, French cinema, writer-director Robin Campillo, British cinema Greek-born Yorgos Lanthimos, Senegalese actress-documentarian Maimouna N’Diaye, (Eye Of the Storm), and Polish cinema, Paweł Pawlikowski (Cold War).