Spike Lee to preside over majority female Cannes film festival jury

The Cannes film festival announced the 2021 jury made up of mostly women, including Franco-Senegalese director Mati Diop. The announcement of the jury is the last major step before the festival opens on 6 July, according to RFI.

Presided by American director Spike Lee, the nine-person jury will choose the successor to Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, which won the Palme d’or at the last festival in 2019.

The Festival on Thursday revealed the jury made up of people from “seven nationalities, coming from five continents”.The five women include Diop, whose first film, Atlantics, won the Grand Prix in 2019; French actress-turned-director Mélanie Laurent; American actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is working on directing her first film; and Austrian director Jessica Hausner, whose first film in English, Little Joe, was selected in competition in 2019.

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