Olivier Assayas Joins The 2011 Cannes Film Festival Jury

With the Cannes Film Festival just a matter of weeks away, and the film’s announced, it’s now time for the jury to be filled out with a really interesting mixture of names.

The closest Criterion Collection connection is in the form of Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours, and the impending release of Carlos), who has joined the Robert De Niro-led jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.   Joining him will be Jude Law, Uma Thurman, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Nansun Shi, Martina Gusman and Johnnie To.

However, most interesting, the last addition to the festival’s jury is Linn Ullmann.   Who’s Linn Ullmann? Well, she is a Norwegian film critic who is the daughter of none other than Liv Ullmann and one Ingmar Bergman.   Talk about a family pedigree.

Personally, while I don’t normally get all that excited about a festival’s jury, this is different.   The additions of both Assayas and Ullmann are really interesting, and definitely make me wonder just what type of film will be taking home the festival’s big prize.

What do you think?

Source: In Contention

 

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