An impressive collection of industry talent from around the world has been selected for the 2015 Cannes Festival jury. Following the usual criteria, each of this year’s selected jurors have a distinctive history with the prestigious festival.
Cases in point: this year’s jury presidents, directors Joel and Ethan Coen, have been nominated for the revered Palme d’Or an impressive eight times, winning the award in 1991 for Barton Fink. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal starred in the 2007 Cannes Festival selection Zodiac, while Montreal-born filmmaker Xavier Dolan was the darling of last year’s festival, sharing the Jury Prize for the debut of his film Mommy with the “New Wave” legend Jean-Luc Godard.
Rounding out the diverse, nine-person group is British actress Sienna Miller, Spanish star Rossy de Palma (a muse to director Pedro Almodóvar), former Bond girl Sophie Marceau, Mali-born singer Rokia Traoré and Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro. (Guillermo has also earned the title of “honourary Torontonian” after spending two years filming The Strain and Pacific Rim in the city.)
When it comes to red-carpet performance art, Cannes corners the market on high-end glamour unlike any other festival. Couture fashion, choreographed waves and over-the-shoulder poses are part and parcel of the heavily photographed walk to the famed stairs of the Palais de Festivals.
This year, who photographs that particular walk will be more guarded than ever, and unaccredited shutterbugs aren't the cause for concern - celebrities are. In an effort to protect the integrity of the festival, this year will see a ban on selfies for all talent walking the red carpet. Artistic director Thierry Frémaux thinks the practice of photographing oneself is “ridiculous and grotesque,” and festival president Pierre Lescure has said, “You’re never as ugly as on a selfie’—preferring the talent and the fashions to be captured by the professionals.”
However, the jury is out on whether attending talent will respect the ban.