08 May '11, 3am

Global names on Cannes jury to decide coveted Palme

Global names on Cannes jury to decide coveted Palme

PARIS: The makeup of this year's Cannes jury, headed by US actor Robert De Niro, means the coveted Palme d'Or's winner will have global approval, with actors and directors from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. De Niro, 67, is the third American in four years to head the jury of the world's most prestigious film festival, which starts on Wednesday, after director Tim Burton in 2010 and actor-director Sean Penn in 2008. Burton's jury selected Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's art house film "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" for the Palme d'Or and many are hoping that this year's winner will be more accessible. The nine-member jury also features Hong Kong director Johnny To and film producer Shi Nansun, who is also the wife of director Tsui Hark. Shi produced "Infernal Affairs", which Martin Scorsese remade as "The Departed" in 2006. French director ...

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