Cannes Film Fest 2018: Jury Members–Gender Parity

Filmmakers Ava DuVernay and Denis Villeneuve and actors Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux will serve on the jury of the 71st Cannes Film Fest, which runs from May 8 to May 19.

Under the presidency of two-time Oscar winner, the jury will include five men and four women from seven nationalities and five continents.

Also serving on the jury are Chinese actor Chang Chen, French director Robert Guédiguian, Burundian singer Khadja Nin  and Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev.

While some have criticized the relatively low number of women directors in official competition, Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux said that he has been conscious of the jury’s gender comosition.

“For the last four years, I’ve become much more concerned about the presence of women at the festival. I’ve been having discussions with intelligent women like Jessica Chastain and have listened to their advice about ways to improve certain things. We’ve started paying more attention to the gender ratio on our selection committees, for instance. Right now, two out of the three committees have as many women as men.”

“Blade Runner 2049” and “Arrival” director Villeneuve has had several films at the festival including “Sicario.”

Kristen Stewart has appeared in Cannes selection films, including “Personal Shopper” and “Clouds of Sils Maria,” for which she won the Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Chen appeared in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Happy Together” and “Forever Young.”

French activist filmmaker Guediguian won the Prix Louis Delluc for “Marius and Jeannette” in 1997.

Nin, whose music is a mix of pop, African and Afro-Cuban rhythms, was awarded the Prize for Feminine Action by the African Women’s League.

Seydoux starred in “Blue is the Warmest Colour,” which won the Palme d’Or in 2013, and recently appeared in Bond film “Spectre” and “The Lobster.”

“Leviathan” director Zvyagintsev won the Cannes jury prize for “Loveless” in 2017, and both features were nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.