Andrew Pulver 

Cannes 2012: festival jurors announced

Ewan McGregor and Andrea Arnold provide British presence on nine-strong panel tasked with selecting Palme d'Or winner
  
  

Shortly after declaring the lineup for its official selection, the Cannes film festival has announced the jury for its 2012 edition, whose job it will be to pick the winner of the Palme d'Or.

Joining Nanni Moretti, whose presidency of the jury was announced in January, will be four men and four women, with the usual mix of star glamour and serious-minded cinephilia.

Two of the jurors are British: actor Ewan McGregor and writer-director Andrea Arnold. The latter, particularly, owes much to Cannes' influence, as her first two films, Red Road and Fish Tank, both won the third place jury prize (in 2006 and 2009) after competing for the Palme d'Or.

France has supplied veteran actor Emmanuelle Devos, probably best known internationally for the 2001 thriller Read My Lips, and eccentric designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Oscar-winning writer-director Alexander Payne is the sole US representative on the jury; his only film in competition to date has been About Schmidt in 2002.

The panel is rounded out by: German actor Diane Kruger, whose most high profile film is (arguably) Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds; Palestinian actor Hiam Abbass, whose Lemon Tree was an international hit in 2008; and Haiti-born director Raoul Peck, best known for the documentary Lumumba, about the Congolese president.

The Cannes film festival opens on 16 May.