Cannes 2021 Jury Features Five Women, Including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Mélanie Laurent

The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled the jury for the competition, which will be powered by a majority of women, including American actor-filmmaker Maggie Gyllenhaal, French actor-helmer Mélanie Laurent, French-Senegalese actor-director Mati Diop, Austrian director Jessica Hausner and cult French singer Mylene Farmer.Spike Lee will presider over the jury which will also include French actor Tahar Rahim, Brazilian helmer Kleber Mendonça Filho and South Korean actor Song Kang-ho.

It’s a history-making jury, with a first-time Black president and a ratio of five women to three men.Gyllenhaal, who just made her directorial feature debut with “The Lost Daughter,” is best known for her roles in “Donnie Darko,” “Secretary,” and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” She earned her first Oscar nomination with “Crazy Heart” and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the miniseries “The Honourable Woman.” She went on to produce and star in the HBO

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