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List of Main Competition Jury Panel of 2016 Cannes Film Festival

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival is currently being held from 11 to 22 May 2016. Australian director George Miller has been announced as the President of the Jury for the main competition. This is the list of jury panel in main competition.

Source: http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/juries/feature-films

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Goerge Miller

Goerge Miller

A native of Australia, Miller earned a degree in medicine from the University of New South Wales. At a filmmaking workshop, he met Byron Kennedy, and the two formed Kennedy Miller Productions in 1972. Throughout his career, he has constantly experimented with a variety of genres. He made his feature-length directorial debut with Mad Max in 1979 and went on to become an international success. As a result, the film spawned the Mad Max series with two further sequels starring Mel Gibson; Mad Max 2 also released as The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985).

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Arnaud Desplechin

Arnaud Desplechin

Desplechin became an official competitor at Cannes with The Sentinel, his first feature film. He then made My Sex Life... or How I Got into an Argument, which introduced a new generation of actors. The artists in his films have regularly been awarded the most prestigious prizes, notably the 61st Festival de Cannes Prize for Catherine Deneuve in A Christmas Tale. In 2016 he won the César for Best Director for his film My Golden Days He recently directed his first theatre play, August Strindberg's The Father at the Comédie Française, to great acclaim.

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Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst made her breakthrough performance at the age of 11 in Interview with the Vampire by Neil Jordan earning her a Golden Globe nomination. She received rave reviews for her role in Sofia Coppola’s independent film, Virgin Suicides, and proved her status as a leading actress in Bring It On by Peyton Reed. She later starred in the Spider-Man film series, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Michel Gondry, Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola and won the Best Actress Award at the 2011 Festival de Cannes for her performance in Lars von Trier Melancholia. She appeared in Walter Salles On the Road and Hossein Amini Two Faces of January. She received a Golden Globe nomination and won a Critic’s Choice Award for her role on the FX miniseries Fargo.

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Valeria Golino

Valeria Golino

Early on in her career, Italian-born Valeria Golino was awarded the Prize of Best Actress for her role in Francesco Maselli’s A Tale of Love at the Venice Film Festival in 1986. Her career became international and she notably appeared in Barry Levinson’s Rain Man (1988), Jim Abrahams’ Hot Shots! (1991) and Hot Shots! 2 (1993), Emanuele Crialese’s Respiro (2002), Antonio Capuano’s Mario’s War (2005), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Actrices (2007) and Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital (2013). In 2013, she directed her first film, Miele, screened at the Festival de Cannes in the Un Certain Regard selection, and received the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

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Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen

A native of Denmark, originally a gymnast and dancer, Mads Mikkelsen rose to fame as an actor in the Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher film trilogy. He became widely known internationally for his role in Kig Arthur (2004) and the main antagonist Le Chiffre in the James Bond film, Casino royale (2006). Other credits include Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding (2006), Jan Kounen’s Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2008), Nikolaj Arcel’s Royal Affair and his Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award-winning role in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt (2012), Arnaud Des Pallières’s Michael Kohlhaas premiered in Cannes in Competition (2013).

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László Nemes

László Nemes

László Nemes was born in Budapest, he became interested in film making at an early age. After studying History, International Relations and Screenwriting, he worked as Béla Tarr’s assistant during the filming of The Man from London. In 2007, his first short was presented at the Venice International Film Festival in Competition and was nominated in 2008 at the European Film Awards as Best Short Film. He shot a second short, The Counterpart, in 2008 and a third, The Gentleman Takes His Leave, in 2010. His 2015 debut feature film, Son of Saul, was screened in the main Competition at the 2015 Festival de Cannes, where it won the Grand Prix.

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Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

Actress and singer, Vanessa Paradis shot to fame at the age of 14 with the song "Joe le Taxi", followed by a César-winning performance in Jean-Claude Brisseau’s Noce blanche. She continued to pursue both career paths prolifically, with albums, concerts, tours and films in France and internationally. She recorded six albums and worked notably with Serge Gainsbourg and Matthieu Chedid. Her last album, “Love Songs”, earned her a Victoire de la Musique Award in 2014.

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Katayoon Shahabi

Katayoon Shahabi

Born in Tehran, holder of Phd in French literature, Katayoon Shahabi, started her work in 1982 as a film promoter in Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF), introducing Iranian Cinema to the world. In 1994, she helped to launch Cima Media International (CMI), before establishing her own company, Sheherazad Media International (SMI), the most important private company active in the worldwide distribution of features, documentaries, and co-production with foreign companies. SMI has introduced films from acclaimed directors to the world and accomplished thousand participations and awards for her country.

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Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland is one of the most respected, prolific and versatile actors, with over one hundred and fifty film credits, including such classics as Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen, Robert Altman’s MAS*H, John Schlesinger’s The Day of the Locust, Robert Redford’s Ordinary People, Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900, Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Alan Pakula’s Klute, Federico Fellini’s Fellini’s Casanova, Brian Hutton’s Kelly’s Heroes, Fred Schepisi’s Six Degrees of Separation, Oliver Stone’s JFK and Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice. Sutherland was ‘President Snow’ in the hugely popular The Hunger Games film series