Diane Kruger, Alexander Payne Among Jury Members of 65th Cannes Film Festival

Diane Kruger, Alexander Payne Among Jury Members of 65th Cannes Film Festival

The Jury of the Competition presided over by Nanni Moretti (Italian director, actor and producer) announced today that it will welcome to its ranks: Hiam Abbass (Palestinian actress, director), Andrea Arnold (British director and scriptwriter), Emmanuelle Devos (French actress), Diane Kruger (German actress), Jean Paul Gaultier (French designer), Ewan McGregor (British actor), Alexander Payne (American director, scriptwriter and producer) and Raoul Peck (Haitian director, scriptwriter and producer)

The Jury of the 65th Festival de Cannes will have to decide between the 22 films in Competition in order to select the winners, to be announced on stage during the Closing Ceremony on May 27th, culminating in the announcement of the Palme d'or.

Hiam Abbass was born in Galilee. Following her studies in Haifa she joined Palestine's El-Hakawati Theatre Group. She first appeared in Michel Khleifi's Wedding in Galilee (1987). Fame soon followed with Raja Amari's Red Satin (2002). She appeared in The Syrian Bride (2005) then Lemon Tree (2008) by Eran Riklis , Free Zone and Disengagement by Amos Gitaï (2005) and Bab el Shams by Yousry Nasrallah (2004). She also filmed in France with Patrice Chéreau, Jean Becker and Radu Mihaileanu (The Source – in Competition at Cannes 2011). Her American filmmaking career began with Jim Jarmusch (The Limits of Control - 2009) and Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor - 2008) as well as with Julian Schnabel in Miral, presented at the Venice Film Festival in 2010. She has just finished shooting Inheritance, her first feature film as a director.

Andrea Arnold, British director and scriptwriter, was awarded the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film in 2004 for Wasp. Her first feature-length film, Red Road (2006), was selected at Cannes in Competition, as was Fish Tank (2009); both received the Jury Prize. In 2011, she directed an adaptation of Emily Brontë's novel Wuthering Heights, selected in Competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Following her studies at the prestigious Cours Florent, Emmanuelle Devos began shooting with the brilliant young generation of filmmakers fresh out of La Fémis: Noémie Lvovsky and Arnaud Desplechin who brought her to Cannes in 1996 with his My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument. The accolades arrived in 2001 with Jacques Audiard's Read My Lips (César for Best Actress). She filmed again with Desplechin and Audiard and also with Nicole Garcia, Emmanuel Carrère, Alain Resnais and Xavier Giannoli, whose In The Beginning saw her win the 2010 César for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Still devoted to theatre work, her film career continues unabated. She will soon begin shooting with Martin Provost and with Jérôme Bonnell alongside Gabriel Byrne.

Born in Germany, Diane Kruger received international acclaim in 2004 for her role in Wolfgang Peterson's Troy. Numerous successes followed, namely Christian Carion's Joyeux Noël which featured in the Official Selection at Cannes and received an Oscar nomination in 2005 for Best Foreign Language Film. She subsequently worked with Agnieszka Holland, Bille August and Quentin Tarantino. In France, she recently filmed with Fred Cavayé and Fabienne Berthaud. She can currently be seen in Benoît Jacquot's Farewell, My Queen, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012. Most recently, she completed filming of Pascal Chaumeil's Fly Me to the Moon as well as Andrew Niccol's The Host.