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.
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.