Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour, Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki, Greek director Panos H. Koutras, and French actor of Algerian descent Tahar Rahim will comprise the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard jury, presided by Isabella Rossellini.
This year’s Un Certain Regard jury has a strong female component and also a Middle East and North African accent.
Nineteen pics will unspool in the section, which will open May 14 with a screening of Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase’s An (“Sweet Red Bean Paste”).
The Cannes Cinefondation and Short Films Jury will comprise Lebanese director Joana Hadjithomas, French director Rebecca Zlotowski (France), Belgian actress Cecile de France and Polish thesp Daniel Olbrychski.
As previously announced, Mauritianian auteur Abderrahmane Sissako, whose “Timbuktu” played in competition at Cannes last year and wwas nominated for a foreign-language Oscar, will head this jury. It will award prizes to three of the 18 films made by film school students and shown as part of the Cinefondation Selection, and also pick the winner of the Short Film Palme d’Or from among the nine films selected for that competition.