This year’s Cannes jury consists of Robert De Niro, Jude Law, Uma Thurman (wearing Dolce&Gabbana), Argentinean actress and producer Martina Gusman, Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi, Norwegian critic and writer Linn Ullmann and directors Olivier Assayas of France, Johnny To of Hong Kong and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. “It’s a bit of a vacation,” said De Niro, who also has directed two features and is co-founder of New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. “I can focus on the films and not have the distractions I normally would have in my everyday life.”
Before the 64th Cannes film festival ends on May 22, they will pick a winner of the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top trophy, from 20 films that include new movies from Cannes favorites Lars von Trier, Pedro Almodovar and Terrence Malick.
Law, who appeared in a 2007 Cannes entry, Wong Kar-wai‘s My Blueberry Nights, acknowledged that choosing a winner was daunting. “Of course it’s a responsibility,” he said, “but I feel like I’m in good company to hold up that responsibility.”
Thurman—who visited Cannes in 2004 as star of Quentin Tarantino‘s Kill Bill said she was looking forward to the whirlwind course in world cinema. “I came to get inspired and remind me of the best of why we’ve devoted our lives to making movies,” she said.