Meet the Jury of the 74th Festival de Cannes

Feature Films Jury © Mathilde Gardel/FDC


The Feature Films Jury gathered for a final time following the announcement of the Awards for the 74th edition of the Festival de Cannes. Jury president Spike Lee was present alongside actors Mélanie Laurent, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tahar Rahim, and Song Kang-ho, directors Mati Diop, Jessica Hausner, and Kleber Mendonça Filho, and singer Mylène Farmer.
Extracts from the event.

Cannes as a Jury member

Mati Diop
This was an enriching experience, an incredible adventure. It's one thing making films, and another thing entirely to discuss them, to stick up for your own point of view while remaining open to others. It's an experience that saw me grow as a person.

Mylène Farmer 
It was a whirlwind ride, simply wonderful. I'm particularly thrilled that TITANE won, because genre films tend to be overlooked.

Spike Lee 
Straight off the bat, I said there'd be no American imperialism here. I wanted it to be a democratic process, and that's what it was.

Titane: the Palme d’or awarded to director Julia Ducournau

Spike Lee 
Just look at the Jury. Women are well represented. I've seen so many films in my lifetime, but this was the first time I'd seen a Cadillac impregnate a woman. It struck me as extraordinary, ingenious with a flash of madness.

Jessica Hausner 
Believe it or not, during the deliberations there was no mention of gender. As it turned out, we chose a woman.

Ha'berech (Ahed's Knee), joint Jury Prize

Mati Diop
There's a sense of bold risk-taking here. What Nadav Lapid has accomplished is a political statement on the one hand, and a very liberated, personal, and radical form on the other. Having these two aspects meet is deeply important to me. Everything Nadav Lapid does embodies contemporary cinema.