Jurors, not judges?

Huppert: Unlike Penn, her goal is 'to love films'

Making snap decisions is a no-no for one juror, this year's membership might be required to see In Competition titles more than once, and for everyone on this year's Festival de Cannes jury, "judgment" is a dirty word.

Jury president Isabelle Huppert told the gathered global media pack Wednesday that she has no intention of leading her jury in the way last year's president, Sean Penn, attempted by steering them toward movies with political leanings.

"Last year, Sean Penn defined a line of approach (to jury duties), but that is not my intention," Huppert said.

Speaking at the jury presentation here, the French actress said firmly that she and her fellow jurors are here "not to judge but to love films."

For Huppert, who has been to Cannes as an actress at least 17 times and has hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, the fest is a home away from home.

She added that she hopes everyone will bring a bit of their soul to what they see onscreen when pushing for a favorite. The jurors also include Italian mutlihyphenate Asia Argento, Taiwanese actress Shu Qi, Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Indian actress Sharmilla Tagore, South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong, U.S. filmmaker James Gray, British novelist-screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and Penn's wife, actress Robin Wright Penn. The Oscar winner filed for divorce last month.

Ceylan expressed concern over the task at hand because he often makes snap decisions within the first 10 minutes of a film.

Huppert said that, should jurors require a second look at a film, she will not stand in their way. "Why not?" she said, laughing.

Women outweigh men on the jury, with Huppert tipping the balance in favor of the females. (partialdiff)