Cannes: Gaming How Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Paradis and Other Jurors Might Vote

6:30 AM 5/10/2016

by Scott Roxborough

A dive into the past work of 2016's mix of stars, auteurs and wild cards offers a few clues.

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  • Arnaud Desplechin

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    The French director introduced the world to Marion Cotillard in My Sex Life … or How I Got Into an Argument (1996) and could reward his former protege this year for her turn in Nicole Garcia's From the Land of the Moon.

  • Kirsten Dunst

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    Cannes' 2011 best actress winner (for Lars von Trier's Melancholia) could be partial to Loving, the entry from her Midnight Special director, Jeff Nichols.

  • Valeria Golino

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    The work of the Italian actress-director suggests she'll favor personal, female-focused dramas such as Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann or Andrea Arnold's American Honey.

  • Mads Mikkelsen

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    Cannes best actor winner for The Hunt (2012), the Danish star will have his eye on The Neon Demon, from Nicolas Winding Refn, the director who gave him his first big break with Pusher (1996).

  • Laszlo Nemes

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    Fresh off an Oscar win for his drama Son of Saul, Nemes could use his jury spot to promote similarly experimental East European drama, such as Romanian contenders Graduation and Sieranevada.

  • Vanessa Paradis

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    The French will be counting on Paradis, a former face of Chanel, to back a local such as Olivier Assayas' Personal Shopper or Staying Vertical from Alain Guiraudie.

  • Katayoon Shahabi

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    The acclaimed French-Iranian producer helped give Asghar Farhadi his start in the business. Expect her to be an advocate for his latest Cannes entry, The Salesman.

  • Donald Sutherland

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    The Hunger Games' President Snow might punt for one of his own: fellow Canuck Xavier Dolan, in competition with his English-language debut, It's Only the End of the World.

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