(L-R): Lynne Ramsay, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Auteuil, Vidya Balan, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Kawase and Cristian Mungiu attend the jury photocall during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 15.
Life of Pi director Ang Lee attends the jury photocall. “Steven and I are good friends. I don't know how he feels about me but I worship him,” Lee said of fellow jury member and former best director Oscar rival Steven Spielberg at the jury press conference in Cannes Wednesday. “He's my hero."
Django Unchained star Christoph Waltz attends the photocall on May 15.
Cristian Mangiu, winner of the Palme d'Or in 2007, brought Beyond the Hills to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival in competition.
French film and TV actor Daniel Auteuil is part of the main competition jury in Cannes.
Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase is a festival regular who won Cannes' Grand Prix for The Mourning Forest in 2007.
Spielberg told press that he was glad running the Cannes jury would not involve vying for the favor of an academy of voters.
“We are going to be watching movies and caucusing and deliberating a final result or results,” he said. “There is no campaigning here and that is a breath of fresh air for me.”
Indian actress Vidya Balan hasstarred in Bollywood hits such The Dirty Picture.
Actress Nicole Kidman's upcoming projects include starring Olivier Dahan’s historical drama Grace of Monaco as Grace Kelly.