Magazine article Screen International

Refn, Coppola on Cannes Jury

Magazine article Screen International

Refn, Coppola on Cannes Jury

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Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal also among those called up for jury service at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.

The Cannes Film Festival has named the jury for its 67th edition, comprising eight world cinema names from China, Korea, Denmark, Iran, the US, France and Mexico.

Jane Campion, the New Zealand filmmaker who won the Palme d'or for The Piano, was previously announced as the president of the jury, which will include five women and four men.

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Those selected include Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director, screenwriter and producer who won Best Direction at Cannes in 2011 with Drive. His most recent film, Only God Forgives, played in Competition at Cannes last year.

Also chosen is Sofia Coppola, the US director and screenwriter whose debut The Virgin Suicides was selected for the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes in 1999. Coppola, who won a screenwriting Oscar for Lost in Translation, made it into Cannes Competition in 2006 with Marie-Antoinette and returned to the festival last year to open the Un Certain Regard strand with her most recent feature, The Bling Ring.

The US is represented twice on the jury with the inclusion of actor Willem Dafoe. The two-time Oscar nominee - for Shadow of the Vampire and Oliver Stone's Platoon - has appeared in 80 films including Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel, Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, Lars von Trier's Antichrist and Anthony Minghella's The English Patient. He will next be seen in Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man and Abel Ferrara's Pasolini.

From Mexico, the jury has selected actor, director and producer Gael García Bernal. After breakthrough roles in Iñárritu's Amorres Perros and Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mamá También, Bernal starred in features such as The Motorcycle Diaries by Walter Salles, Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education, The Science of Sleep by Michel Gondry, Babel by Gonzalez Iñárritu, and The Limits of Control by Jim Jarmusch.

In 2005, he founded his Canana production company with Diego Luna and in 2010, after a few short films, directed his first feature film, Deficit, selected for Critics' Week at Cannes.

Two major names have been selected from Asia, including Jia Zhangke, the Chinese director, screenwriter and producer behind A Touch of Sin, which won the Best Screenplay prize when it played in Competition at Cannes last year.

After the success of his first film, Xao Wu (1998), he directed Platform (Zhantai, 2000) and Unknown Pleasures (Ren xiao yao, 2002) selected for Venice and Cannes respectively. …

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