MADRID — Palme d’Or winning Gallic helmer Laurent Cantet (“The Class”) will head the main competition jury at this month’s San Sebastian Festival. Fest also unveiled many of its celeb attendees, led by “Inglourious Basterds” stars Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz, along with helmer Quentin Tarantino, whose “Basterds” opens the festival’s Pearls section Sept. 18.
Cantet will be joined by John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”), Korean helmer Bong Joon-ho (“The Host”) and Spanish actress Pilar Lopez de Ayala (“Juana La Loca”). Other jurors are Mexican thesp Daniel Gimenez Cacho (“Tear This Heart Out”), Portuguese actress Leonor Silveira (“A Talking Picture”) and Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf (“Two-Legged Horse”); “Green Days,” by Samira’s siser Hana Makhmalbaf, has been added to the fest’s Special Screenings.
With the recipients of its prestigious Donostia Prizes still to be disclosed, San Sebastian looks set to boast one of its more sizeable glam quotients in recent years.
Also expected at the biggest festival in the Spanish-speaking world are Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington to tubthump fest closer “Mother and Child,” Robert Duvall, and directors such as Atom Egoyan, whose “Chloe” opens the fest, Ang Lee, Terry Gilliam, Michael Winterbottom, Francois Ozon, Jacques Audiard, Johnnie To, Fernando Trueba and Juan Jose Campanella.