French film actress Jeanne Moreau will preside over the jury of the 48th Cannes Film Festival, Cannes organizers announced Feb. 3.
Moreau, 66, famous for the emotional depth she gave characters in such pix as “Jules and Jim” in 1961 and “La Femme Nikita” in 1990, was named president of the jury for the festival, which runs May 17-28.
The actress, who also wrote and directed “La Lumiere” (1976) and “The Adolescent” (’79), most recently was on screen in the BBC production “The Summer House,” distribbed in the U.S. by Samuel Goldwyn. Variety said, “Moreau has a field day in the role of a showboating grande dame.” Actor-director-producer Clint Eastwood headed the Cannes jury last year.
Moreau’s colleagues on the Cannes jury won’t be announced until shortly before the festival begins.