Steven Spielberg was named the president of the Cannes Film Festival 2013 jury a few weeks ago. Earlier today, festival organizers announced Spielberg's fellow jury members. It's a star-studded international cast: Asian Film Award nominee and Indian Film Academy winner Vidya Balan (The Dirty Picture), Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix winner Naomi Kawase (The Mourning Forest), Academy Award winner and three-time nominee Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!, The Hours, Rabbit Hole), and BAFTA winner Lynne Ramsay (Swimmer, We Need to Talk About Kevin).
Also: Cannes Film Festival and two-time César winner Daniel Auteuil (The Eighth Day, Girl on the Bridge, Jean de Florette), two-time Academy Award winner Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi), Cannes' 2007 Palme d'Or and 2012 Best Screenplay winner Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; Beyond the Hills), and two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained).
Those listed above will select the winners of the Cannes 2013 Palme d'Or and assorted Official Competition prizes. The Cannes victors will be announced on May 26. As mentioned in a previous piece, veteran Kim Novak (Picnic, Vertigo) will be one of the film world celebrities handing out awards.
Oscar 2013 at Cannes 2013
A curiosity: the Cannes 2013 jury includes two 2013 Oscar winners: Django Unchained's Christoph Waltz and Life of Pi's Ang Lee. Another curiosity: A 2013 Best Director Oscar nominee for Lincoln, Cannes jury president Spielberg lost the award to Lee.
Cannes 2013 jury photo via the Cannes Film Festival. Top: Lynne Ramsay, Christoph Waltz, Vidya Balan, Steven Spielberg. Bottom: Daniel Auteuil, Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, Naomi Kawase, Cristian Mungiu.
Cannes 2013 Official Competition
Among the Cannes 2013 Official Competition movies are Hirokazu Koreeda's Like Father, Like Son; 2006 Golden Lion winner Jia Zhangke's A Touch of Sin; Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty / La Grande Bellezza, starring Toni Servillo; and Steven Soderbergh's made-for-TV biopic Behind the Candelabra, with Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his driver, Scott Thorson.
Also: Nicholas Winding Refn's Bangkok-set thriller Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas; Alex van Warmerdam's Borgman, with Jan Bijvoet; Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur, starring Polanski's real-life wife Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric; Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis, with Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake; Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi's Un château en Italie (possibly A Castle in Italy, depending on what the word château refers to); and Asghar Farhadi's The Past / Le Passé, with A Prophet's Tahar Rahim and The Artist's Bérénice Bejo.