Cannes unveils competition jury

Diane Kruger, Jean Paul Gaultier, Ewan McGregor nab jury duty

The Cannes Film Festival announced the full make-up of the competition jury on Wednesday.

Italian helmer-actor-producer Nanni Moretti will preside over an eclectic group including British thesp Ewan McGregor, German actress Diane Kruger, U.S. helmer Alexander Payne, Palestinian thesp-turned-helmer Hiam Abbass, British scribe-director Andrea Arnold, French actress Emmanuelle Devos, Gallic fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier and Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck.

Payne, Arnold and Peck are familiar to Cannes.

Payne’s 2002 dramedy “About Schmidt” preemed in Competiton while Arnold’s directorial debut “Red Road” and sophomore pic “Fish Tank” bowed in Competiton and nabbed the jury prize.

Payne’s latest film, “The Descendants,” won the Oscar for adapted screenplay. Arnold most recently helmed an adaptation of Emily Bronte’s novel “Wuthering Heights,” which bowed in competition at Venice.

Peck’s credits includes Cannes’ 1993 Competition title “The Man by the Shore,” Directors’ Fortnight-player “Lumumba” and “Moloch Tropical,” which screened in Berlin and Toronto.

Peck has been chairman of Paris’ prestigious film school La Femis since 2010.

McGregor is currently filming an HBO series adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s novel, “The Corrections.”

The jury will award seven prizes during the closing ceremony of the fest, which runs May 16-27.

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