Isabella Rossellini To Preside Over Cannes’ Un Certain Regard

Cannes Poster 2015
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PARIS — Isabella Rossellini is set to preside over the jury of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard during the 68th edition of Cannes Film Festival.

The lineup of Un Certain Regard, which comprises 20 films, will be unveiled at a presser on April 16, along with the rest of the official selection.

It will be stellar festival for Rossellini, as her mother, Ingrid Bergman, will be celebrated with a tribute. Rossellini, whose father is the Italian helmer Roberto Rossellini, will also launch her own “Ingrid Bergman Tribute,” a show directed by Guido Torlonia and Ludovica Damianito and based on the iconic thesp’s autobiography and correspondence with Roberto Rossellini. The “Ingrid Bergman Tribute” will go on to play at some at the world’s major theaters.

Lastly, Rossellini will attend the screening of Stig Björkman’s documentary “Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words‏,” which will be shown as part of Cannes Classics.

Rossellini has starred in a flurry of local and international critically acclaimed arthouse films, including “The Meadow” (1979), Nikita Mikhalkov’s “Les Yeux noirs” (1987), as well as David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet (1986) and “Wild at Heart” (1990).

She went on to star in a wider variety of guises for both television and film in Italy and America but returned to arthouse cinema with Abel Ferrara’s “The Funeral” (1996), and James Gray’s “Two Lovers” (2008), in which she played a role of remarkable intensity. In 2010 she appeared in “The Solitude of Prime Numbers” by Saverio Costanzo.

Rossellini also stepped into filmmaking in 2008, following a request from Robert Redford, and directed a miniseries about animals’ sexual and maternal behaviors for SundanceTV.

Rossellini then teamed with Jean-Claude Carrière to create a stage spinoff of the miniseries called “Animals Distracted Me.”

The Certain Regard Prize winners will be announced on May 23. Last year’s Un Certain Regard kudo went to Kornél Mundruczó’s “White God.”

Cannes has yet to reveal the title of the opening night movie as well as the competition jury, which will be presided over by Joel and Ethan Coen.

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