Donald Sutherland, Kirsten Dunst and Vanessa Paradis among 2016 Cannes jurors

By Sarah Walker

It looks like Canadian actor Donald Sutherland and indie actress Kirsten Dunst are headed to France! The two have been named as members of the jury for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, helmed by Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller. The glitzy panel also includes French actress Vanessa Paradis.

The jurors help select winners in a variety of the festival's categories, including the prestigious Palme d'Or award which is the highest prize a production can receive at the event. Pulp Fiction, The Pianist and Fahrenheit 9/11 are past honourees.


American actress Kirsten Dunst and Canadian actor Donald Sutherland.

In a short statement released about this year's panel, festival spokespeople said, "Cannes has always sought to adopt a universal and international approach, and in tune with this tradition, George Miller will be surrounded by eight luminaries of world cinema, from Iran, Denmark, United States, Italia, France, Canada and Hungary."


Donald, Johnny Depp's former partner Vanessa and Kirsten, who won best actress honours at the festival in 2011 for Melancholia, are in good company among the group's four women and four men. Fellow jurors include Danish actor and former best actor winner Mads Mikkelsen, Hungarian filmmaker Laszlo Nemes (Son of Saul, for which he won an Oscar and a Golden Globe) and French director/writer Arnaud Desplechin - a five-time Palme d'Or contender.

Last year's jury included British actress Sienna Miller and Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan.

The 69th annual festival kicks off on May 11 with a screening of Woody Allen's latest film Café Society. It will mark the third time one of his films has opened the historic event.

Other movies that are generating award-winning buzz include Sean Penn's The Last Face, starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, and It's Only the End of the World, starring Marion Cotillard and Vincent Cassel. In all, there are 21 films competing for recognition.

The jury's selections will be revealed at the closing ceremony on May 22. It's the same evening the Palme d'or winner will be screened.

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