Cannes Jury Members: Who They Are and How They Might Vote

6:15 AM 5/16/2017

by Scott Roxborough

Given the films in contention and the nine jurors — from Jessica Chastain to Will Smith — here's how the festival competition could play out.

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  • Pedro Almodovar

    Spain's master of melodrama is one of European cinema's true originals. Wonderstruck from Todd Haynes, arguably America's closest equivalent to Almodovar, may appeal to the jury president.

  • Agnès Jaoui

    This consummate French actress/writer/director/singer is likely to love Redoubtable, the new film from The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius, a romantic biopic about legendary director Jean-Luc Godard.

  • Fan Bingbing

    Big period costume dramas and fantasy actioners have been a staple of Chinese big-screen superstar Bingbing's career, improving the odds for Sofia Coppola's Civil War-set The Beguiled and Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi fantasy film Okja.

  • Gabriel Yared

    Expect Oscar-winning composer Yared to listen closely to the latest from Cannes directors known for their obsessive attention to sound — including Fatih Akin with In the Fade and Hazanavicius with Redoubtable.

  • Maren Ade

    As a critic of cinema's boys club, the Toni Erdmann helmer may favor the female-helmed titles: Coppola's The Beguiled, Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here and Radiance from Naomi Kawase.

  • Paolo Sorrentino

    Italian auteur Sorrentino's love of the bizarre and incongruous in his own work bodes well for The Killing of a Sacred Deer, the latest mind-bender from The Lobster helmer Yorgos Lanthimos.

  • Park Chan-wook

    Korean filmmakers in competition — Joon-ho (Okja) and Hong Sang-soo (The Day After) — must be liking their odds, but countryman Park's love of genre cinema may help Francois Ozon's erotic thriller L'Amant Double.

  • Will Smith

    Hard-core art house entries could prove a harder sell with mainstream superstar Smith. But he might be the likeliest juror to find the funny in Noah Baumbach's Adam Sandler starrer The Meyerowitz Stories.

  • Jessica Chastain

    Chastain is used to wowing Cannes crowds — from 2011's Palme d'Or winner The Tree of Life to The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby in 2014. The art house cred she earned there helped launch the Hollywood career of the Interstellar star. Chastain's onscreen penchant for strong, uncompromising women could bode well for Happy End, the latest from two-time Palme winner Michael Haneke, featuring French actress (and Chastain's Eleanor Rigby co-star) Isabelle Huppert.