Toronto, ON – Canada has a long history with Cannes. In recent years Xavier Dolan had become a festival regular and a bit of a festival darling but things changed last year when his film It’s Only the End of the World was heavily criticized in the press. There was some thought he would be at the southern France destination but announced his latest effort, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, would not be ready in time for the 71st Festival de Cannes. As a result, for the second year in a row, there are no Canadians among the film screening in competition.
The name most associated with Cannes is David Cronenberg. He won the Cannes Jury Special Prize in 1996 for Crash, presided over the Cannes Film Festival jury in 1999 and in 2006 the festival honoured him with its lifetime achievement award, which is known as the Carrosse d’Or.
This year the big name at Cannes is Denis Villeneuve. The Quebec filmmaker who completed five films in the last six years is a member of the Palme d’Or jury. It’s a nine-member international panel led this year by Australian actress Cate Blanchett. Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart also sit on this year’s jury.