Cannes: Barry Jenkins Joins Student and Short Film Jury

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The festival rounds out its juries ahead of the start of its 70th edition.

Moonlight director and co-writer Barry Jenkins is joining the Cannes Film Festival jury for short and student films, organizers announced Sunday.

Meanwhile, French actor Reda Kateb (Django) will join president Uma Thurman on this year's jury for the Un Certain Regard section. Also added to that jury are Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, Belgian helmer Joachim Lafosse and Karel Och, artistic director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

Mathieu Amalric's Barbara, Laurent Cantet's L'Atelier and Sergio Castellito's Lucky are among the films in the sidebar competition.

Un Certain Regard is part of the festival's official selection, made up of 20 films selected with a focus on innovative filmmakers, that runs separately to the main selection.

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar will head up the main jury to determine the Palme d'Or winner, along with Will Smith, Jessica Chastain and Paolo Sorrentino as members.

Cristian Mungiu will head the jury for short and student films. Joining him are Jenkins, French actress Clotilde Hesme, director/screenwriter/producer Eric Khoo from Singapore and Greek director/screenwriter/producer Athina Rachel Tsangari. 

The Camera D’or, or Golden Camera, jury, which focuses on first films, is adding French cinematographer Patrick Blossier, French actress Elodie Bouchez, French director/producer Guillaume Brac, M141 president Thibault Carterot, French writer and cinema critic Fabien Gaffez and Swiss producer Michel Merkt.

Italian-French actress Monica Bellucci will serve as master of ceremonies for the opening and closing nights. 

The festival is set to run Wednesday through May 28.

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