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Cannes Gossip: Donald Sutherland is the Coldest Member of the Jury

Donald Sutherland might win the award for most complaints at a Cannes press conference. “I can tell you I’m freezing up here,” he said on Wednesday afternoon, teeth chattering in the air-conditioned Palais, as he sat next to fellow members of the Cannes jury. Later, when a journalist tried to ask him about his native Canada, he snapped back: “My back is frozen. I kind of gave up talking about Canadian cinema a long time ago” …

The nine members of the jury met for the first time on Tuesday night, to get acquainted before they were trapped together in a dark theater. Variety spotted them at the cozy old Cannes restaurant Le Maschou, where groupies tried to snap iPhone shots of Kirsten Dunst in a white summer dress …

It’s too early to judge the health of the market, but this year’s festival is for the dogs. Bomb-sniffing mutts outside the Hotel Majestic are taking their job seriously. “The dog smelled my purse—and my cup of coffee,” lamented one guest who was asked to put all her stuff down for an extreme security check.

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