Jessica Chastain will be part of the Cannes Film Festival’s jury this year, festival chief Thierry Frémaux has revealed. Speaking to French radio station France Inter on Friday morning, a mere day after the lion’s share of the festival’s Official Selection was announced, Frémaux confirmed the actress and producer will be one of the members of this year’s jury, which is presided by Spanish writer-director Pedro Almodóvar.
“For the 70th anniversary, there are people who are part of the history of the festival, or who have been discovered by the festival, and who we want to have near us,” he told the radio station. Frémaux didn’t reveal any of other members of the jury, which in past years has comprised of nine members, but he indicated that there would be a fair amount of both women and men across the board. Earlier this week it was announced that French actress Sandrine Kiberlain would be President of the Camera d’Or jury.
Chastain starred in Terrence Malick’s 2011 Palme d’Or winner Tree of Life alongside Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and last year the actress opened the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival with French actor Vincent Lindon.
Frémaux unveiled the bulk of the Official Selection for the 70th anniversary edition yesterday, which notably saw no major Hollywood studio films selected in the lineup. Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck, Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here are among the titles competing for the coveted Palme d’Or.
This year’s fest runs from May 17-28 and will open with Arnaud Desplechin’s Ismael’s Ghosts.