Canadian Director Denis Villeneuve to Serve on Cannes Jury

April 19, 2018 12:21 pm Last Updated: April 19, 2018 12:21 pm

Quebec director Denis Villeneuve is on the Cannes Film Festival jury this year. Actress Cate Blanchett will head the jury. They will be joined by actress Kristen Stewart, scriptwriter Ava DuVernay, and French actress Lea Seydoux.

Villeneuve says he is thrilled at having been chosen as one of the nine jurors who will select the winner of the highest prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The self-declared cinephile has had to curtail his movie-watching in recent years, particularly because of the time it took to make his latest film, “Blade Runner 2049.”

In an interview with The Canadian Press on Wednesday, the award-winning director said he didn’t hesitate a second when Thierry Fremaux, director of the prestigious Cannes event, invited him to sit on the jury for the Palme d’Or.

“I have been an absent cinephile all these years and when I finished ‘Blade Runner,’ I felt a major need to slow down, to return to writing and also to feed myself,” Villeneuve said.