71st Cannes Film Festival: Ava DuVernay and Kristen Stewart join Cate Blanchett as jury members

71st Cannes Film Festival: Ava DuVernay and Kristen Stewart join Cate Blanchett as jury members

Ava DuVernay:71st Cannes Film Festival jury to be graced by renowned names of Hollywood. The jury will include five men and four women from seven nationalities and five continents, reported variety.com.

Actor Cate Blanchett will lead the jury of the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Filmmakers Ava DuVernay and Denis Villeneuve and actors and Lea Seydoux are also a part of it. The jury will include five men and four women from seven nationalities and five continents, reported variety.com.

Ava DuVernay:Also serving on the jury are Chinese actor Chang Chen, French director Robert Guediguian, Burundian singer Khadja Nin and Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev. While some have criticised the relatively low number of women directors in official competition, Cannes artistic director Thierry Freaux said that he has been conscious of the gender balance in the jury.

For the last four years, Iai ve become much more concerned about the presence of women at the festival. Iai ve been having discussions with intelligent women like Jessica Chastain and have listened to their advice about ways to improve certain things, he said.

Weai 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, he added.

Chastain was on last yearai s festival jury, which was headed by Pedro Almodovar.

Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival director Villeneuve has had several films at the festival including Sicario, while Stewart has appeared in Cannes selection including Personal Shopper and Clouds of Sils Maria.

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

Activist filmmaker Guediguian won the Prix Louis Delluc for Marius and Jeannette in 1997.

Ava DuVernay:Nin, whose music is a mix of pop, African and Afro-Cuban rhythms, was awarded the Prize for Feminine Action by the African Womenai s League, while Seydoux starred in Blue is the Warmest Colour, which won the Palme dai Or in 2013. She also appeared in Spectre and The Lobster.

Leviathan director Zvyagintsev won the Cannes jury prize for Loveless in 2017.

The festival will be held here from May 8 to 19.

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