Cannes 2016: Kirsten Dunst and Donald Sutherland join George Miller-led jury

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst at the Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 10, 2016. 

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George Miller has his Furiosa--and his Cheedo, Toast and the Dag too.

The “Mad Max: Fury Road” director and chief of this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury has seen the rest of his battle comrades named, and as usual it’s an eclectic list, including Kirsten Dunst, Donald Sutherland and Vanessa Paradis.

Cannes organizers announced the jury Monday, offering the body that will decide on the top prize of the Palme d’Or and other honors among the 21 competition titles.

Rounding out the typically diverse international group are the Italian hyphenate Valeria Golino, the French auteur and Cannes habitue Arnaud Desplechin, the Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, the Iranian producer Katayoon Shahabi and the Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, who became an overnight sensation at Cannes last year with his Grand Prix winner “Son of Saul.”


They will judge a wide range of Cannes competition titles, including American-directed films such as Sean Penn’s “The Last Face,” Jeff Nichols’ “Loving” and Jim Jarmusch’s “Patterson” and, on the international side, Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper,” Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta,” Nicolas Winding-Refn’s “Neon Demon” and the recently announced additional title of Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman.”

The Cannes competition jury always brings together some colorful bedfellows: Jake Gyllenhaal, Guillermo del Toro, Xavier Dolan and the Coen brothers were among those serving last year, when Jacques Audiard’s  “Dheepan” won the Palme d’Or.


The announcement of the jury members sets off a kind of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon of the high-end cinema world, as past collaborations are parsed for their potential awards consequence. Among the connections this year are Dunst and Nichols, who just finished working on and promoting spring release “Midnight Special.”

Cannes kicks off May 11 with Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” playing out of competition.



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