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70 years of Cannes jury members

Celebrated for the 70th time this year, the Cannes film festival has welcomed hundreds of film directors and actors as members of the jury in charge of selecting the winner of the Golden Palm award.

The climax of the famous film festival on the French Riviera is certainly the award ceremony night, when the winner of the top accolade, the Palme d'Or, or Golden Palm, is revealed. This year, the event is held on May 28.

Until then, the members of the jury headed by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar will have seen and discussed the merits of the 19 competing films.

German filmmaker Maren Ade is a juror this year, along with Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Agnès Jaoui, Park Chan-wook, Will Smith, Paolo Sorrentino and Gabriel Yared.

The films in the competition

The competition includes two works in German: Fatih Akin's thriller "In the Fade" and the drama "Happy End," by Austrian director Michael Haneke. While the latter has already obtained Cannes' top award twice (for "Amour" in 2012 and "The White Ribbon" in 2009), it would be Akin's first Palme d'Or and his greatest success to date.

Todd Haynes, François Ozon, Giorgos Lanthimos, Michel Hazanavicius and Hong Sang Soo are other directors in the running. Three female filmmakers have made it onto the list: Sofia Coppola, Naomi Kawase and Lynne Ramsay.

Click through the gallery above to revisit some of the stars who've been selected as members of the festival's prestigious panel in the past. The gallery below presents highlights from the festival.


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