The Festival de Cannes announces that filmmaker Claire Denis (White Material) will preside over the Un Certain Regard jury. I have also learned that Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal (whose new Spanish film Even the Rain is tagged for possible inclusion in the fest) and Italian actress Giovanna Mezzogiorno (Vincere) will join Tim Burton's competition jury, while Canadian writer-director Atom Egoyan (Chloe) will preside over the Cinefondation Jury. UPDATE: Cannes announced that Garcia Bernal will head the jury for the Camera d’Or, honoring the best first features.
UPDATE: And the Director's Fortnight will award Agnes Varda with its 8th Carosse d'Or life achievement award.
Word is, Cannes officials Thierry Fremaux and Gilles Jacob are having a tough time finalizing their list for the announcement of the official selection on April 15. They awarded the opening slot on May 12 to Universal/Imagine's Robin Hood, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe, over Francois Ozon's Potiche, starring Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve and Ludivine Sagnier, a commercial film that could opt to open sans a fest launch.
Here are my latest ratings on what might wind up in the fest. Some new titles have popped up: Julie Bertucelli's The Tree, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, (possibly for Un Certain Regard or the Quinzaine) and Peter Mullan's Neds, who won best actor for My Name is Joe. While all is proceeding smoothly for Wall Street 2, The Tree of Life, and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, is it possible that Chris Nolan's Inception could sneak into a work-in-progress slot?
Meanwhile, ...But Film is My Mistress, the second installment of Stig Bjorkman's retrospective Ingmar Bergman tribute will be screened in the Cannes Classics program. The documentary is backed by Martin Scorsese's World CInema Foundation and features commentary on eight Bergman films from directors Scorsese, Woody Allen, Bernardo Bertolucci, Tsai Ming-liang, Olivier Assayas, Arnaud Desplechin, Lars von Trier and Liv Ullmann.
The idea of shooting Juliette Binoche for the official poster came from the festival, says photographer Brigitte Lacombe.