Elle Fanning: ‘I learned so much about movies as Cannes juror’

Elle Fanning had a hard time leaving the Cannes Film Festival after becoming the youngest person ever to sit on the competition jury. The 21-year-old loved picking the winners alongside directors like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Yorgos Lanthimos, and…

Elle Fanning had a hard time leaving the Cannes Film Festival after becoming the youngest person ever to sit on the competition jury.

The 21-year-old loved picking the winners alongside directors like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Pawel Pawlikowski, among others, and after reflecting on her time at the annual festival, Elle admits she feels her life has been transformed and her movie knowledge boosted.

“I didn’t know how I would come out of this experience,” she said at Saturday’s closing ceremony. “I do feel like I see films in a different way. I learned so much. I will never forget these 10 days. I don’t want it to be over.”

The Maleficent star’s jury service ended with the presentation of this year’s Palme d’Or, which was handed to South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho for his movie Parasite.

Panel chairman Alejandro was quick to heap praise on his Cannes colleague, insisting Elle was a “gift” to have around.

“Elle is an old soul in a way. She has been doing films forever. But to have the fresh ideas, it really grounded us. We saw it through her young eyes. We learned a lot from her too,” he enthused.

Elle also made headlines at the 2019 festival after passing out at the Chopard Trophee dinner on 20 May. She and her older sister Dakota were escorted out of the party and Elle later took to social media to assure fans she was OK. The young star, who made a splash with her fashion choices during the festival’s run, suggested she fainted because her Prada dress was too tight.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ‘honoured’ to be first Latin American Cannes Film Festival jury president

Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is honoured to lead this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury after learning he’s not only the first Mexican president, but the first Latin American. The Birdman and The Revenant director will oversee the competiti…

Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is honoured to lead this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury after learning he’s not only the first Mexican president, but the first Latin American.

The Birdman and The Revenant director will oversee the competition at the annual film spectacular, which began on Tuesday (14May19), alongside the likes of Elle Fanning and fellow filmmakers Yorgos Lanthimos and Paweł Pawlikowski, and he’s thrilled to be making history.

“I found out… that I’m the first Latin American person (to lead the jury), which is shocking,” he tells Deadline. “The whole zone has been dismissed for 72 years. Ultimately, I feel honoured and it’s a privilege. The honour is even bigger, because of that reason.”

But he admits he is going to struggle to judge his peers’ films over the next 10 days.

“It was not easy for me to accept being the president of the jury,” he explains. “It feels strange to me, to be judging films, and filmmakers I like a lot, and being on the other side of that.

“One of the things that made me realise it was time for me to do it was realising it was 20 years ago, in 2000, when I brought my first film, Amores Perros here. I ended up winning the Critics Week. Then it was Babel, then Biutiful, with Javier Bardem named Best Actor, then Carne Y Arena. My professional life has been in a way very close to Cannes.

“This to me was a way to honour a festival that has been the heartbeat of cinema in the world. And being the first Mexican and just finding out, also the first Latin American, I couldn’t say no. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse for emotional, professional and many other reasons.”

It’s not the first time he had been a jury member at a major festival – he was among the judges at the Venice Film Festival in Italy 11 years.

“Zhang Yimou was the president… and I found myself surrounded with amazing colleagues who formed the jury. To be surrounded here in the same ways, and watch films together for 10 days, sharing our perception, emotion and what hit us, and learning from each other’s sensibilities… I feel like a monkey in a fruit store. It’s fantastic.”

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Elle Fanning and Yorgos Lanthimos join Cannes Film Festival main jury

Elle Fanning and filmmakers Yorgos Lanthimos and Paweł Pawlikowski will join Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on this year’s (19) Cannes Film Festival main jury. The quartet will be joined by actress and director Maimouna N’Diaye, filmmakers Kelly Reichar…

Elle Fanning and filmmakers Yorgos Lanthimos and Paweł Pawlikowski will join Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on this year’s (19) Cannes Film Festival main jury.

The quartet will be joined by actress and director Maimouna N’Diaye, filmmakers Kelly Reichardt, Alice Rohrwacher, and Robin Campillo, and French author Enki Bilal.

The jury members – four women and four men – represent four continents and seven different nationalities. Gonzales Inarritu was previously announced as the chairman.

They will wrestle over the competition at the annual film spectacular in southern France and announce the big winners on 25 May (19).

This year’s competition line-up features movies from directors Pedro Almodovar and Terrence Malick.

Fanning has become a festival favourite in recent years and even missed her high school prom to attend the event and promote The Neon Demon in 2016.

So as not to completely miss out on the U.S. teenage rite of passage, Elle invited her prom date to join her in France – and they celebrated the film and the end of school on the red carpet.

“I went (to prom) freshman year, sophomore year, and junior year and then senior year is kind of like, ‘Oh, that’s the big one’,” she said back in 2016. “Like, everyone is going away, that’s your last one. My best guy friend and I always planned to go together. We were like, ‘Senior year we’ll go together, it’ll be really fun’.

“And it was this year and I had a movie at Cannes, which was really exciting. It was my first time ever going to the film festival. The day of the premiere was also my prom, but he flew out to Cannes and we had prom in Cannes, so it was great… My mum had the corsages for us, she wanted to make it nice.”

Meanwhile, her fellow 2019 Cannes judges, Lanthimos and Pawlikowski, are coming off banner years – Lanthimos won acclaim for his movie The Favourite, while his Polish peer picked up Oscar and BAFTA nominations for his movie Cold War. The film also earned him the Best Director prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie to open Cannes

Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie thriller has been picked to open next month’s (May19) Cannes Film Festival in France. The Dead Don’t Die, which features Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, and Tilda Swinton, will kick…

Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie thriller has been picked to open next month’s (May19) Cannes Film Festival in France.

The Dead Don’t Die, which features Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, and Tilda Swinton, will kick off the annual movie spectacular on 14 May.

The film focuses on the residents of peaceful Centerville, who find themselves having to battle an army of the undead.

The movie, which Jarmusch also wrote, will be among the competition at this year’s festival.

The filmmaker has been a regular at Cannes for years, screening films like Mystery Train, Down By Law, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and Dead Man at the event.

Oscar-winning Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will front this year’s (19) festival jury, becoming the first Mexican to take the role.

“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career,” Inarritu previously said in a statement. “I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honour of presiding over the Jury.

“Cinema runs through the veins of the planet and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility, that we will assume with passion and devotion.”

Inarritu follows in the footsteps of his Babel star Cate Blanchett, who served as jury president in 2018 and awarded the Palme d’Or to Shoplifters with the help of jury members including Ava DuVernay and Kristen Stewart.

The official selection line-up for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival will be unveiled next week 18 April. It is expected to include Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Spanish moviemaker Pedro Almodovar’s Pain And Glory, and Elton John biopic Rocketman, which stars Taron Egerton as the British rock star.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu named president of Cannes Film Festival jury

Oscar-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has been appointed the jury president of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The Birdman filmmaker, the first Mexican to be given the prestigious position, will head up the jury, to be comprised of members…

Oscar-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has been appointed the jury president of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

The Birdman filmmaker, the first Mexican to be given the prestigious position, will head up the jury, to be comprised of members of the movie industry, and help decide what film competing in the official selection should win the coveted Palme d’Or.

“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career,” Inarritu said in a statement. “I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honour of presiding over the Jury. Cinema runs through the veins of the planet and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility, that we will assume with passion and devotion.”

Pierre Lescure, festival president, and Thierry Fremaux, artistic director, said they are “delighted” that Inarritu, who won back-to-back Best Director Oscars for 2015’s Birdman and 2016’s The Revenant, had accepted their invitation.

“Not only is he a daring filmmaker and a director who is full of surprises, Alejandro is also a man of conviction, an artist of his time,” they said in a joint statement.

The 55-year-old’s relationship with Cannes dates back to 2000, when his debut feature Amores Perros premiered there, and he most recently went back in 2017 as his virtual reality experience Carne y Arena (Flesh and Sand) was selected for the competition.

Inarritu follows in the footsteps of his Babel star Cate Blanchett, who served as president in 2018 and awarded the Palme d’Or to Shoplifters with the help of jury members including Ava DuVernay and Kristen Stewart.

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival runs between 14 and 25 May (19).

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