Get ready for red carpets and glittering awards! The 77th Cannes Film Festival has announced its star-studded jury, led by none other than Oscar-nominated director Greta Gerwig (“Barbie”). This prestigious group will decide the fate of the 2024 competition films, including the highly coveted Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) for best picture.

Joining Gerwig are some seriously impressive names. Lily Gladstone, who wowed audiences in “The Killers of the Flower Moon,” brings her acting expertise. French powerhouses Eva Green and Omar Sy add another layer of glamour, while Italian heartthrob Pierfrancesco Favino rounds out the A-list contingent.

But it’s not just about star power. The jury also boasts a trio of acclaimed international directors: Nadine Labaki (“Capernaum”) from Lebanon, Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Orphanage”) from Spain, and Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Shoplifters”) from Japan. These heavyweights bring a wealth of filmmaking experience to the table.

Adding another layer of intrigue is Ebru Ceylan, a Turkish screenwriter and photographer. Ceylan co-wrote the 2014 Palme d’Or winner “Winter Sleep” with her husband, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Talk about inside knowledge!

77th Cannes Jury! Greta Gerwig, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Eva Green and Omar Sy
77th Cannes Jury! Greta Gerwig, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Eva Green and Omar Sy

So, what kind of films will this jury be watching? The lineup is packed with potential blockbusters. Francis Ford Coppola’s long-awaited “Megalopolis” is generating a ton of buzz, while Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Lobster”) is back with “Kinds of Kindness.” Keep an eye out for “Bird” from Scottish director Andrea Arnold, David Cronenberg’s mysterious “The Shrouds,” and Ali Abbasi’s take on Donald Trump in “The Apprentice.

The festival kicks off on May 14th with “The Second Act,” a wacky comedy by French director Quentin Dupieux. This quirky film, starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Lindon, will premiere outside the competition, alongside other highly anticipated features like “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” (starring Anya Taylor-Joy) and Kevin Costner’s epic Western “Horizons: An American Saga – Chapter 1.”

Remember, the Cannes jury has a knack for picking future award winners. Last year’s Palme d’Or winner, “Anatomy of a Fall,” went on to win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars and land a Best Actress nomination for its breakout star. This year’s jury promises another exciting round of discoveries!

So, mark your calendars for May 14th-25th and get ready for a whirlwind of cinema, celebrity, and awards glory at the Cannes Film Festival!

Also, Read Cannes Film Festival Unveils 2024 Competition Lineup

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