Canada’s Xavier Dolan named to Cannes Film Festival jury

Xavier Dolan, pictured in September 2013. Getty Images

TORONTO — Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan and part-time Toronto resident Guillermo del Toro are among the names announced Tuesday as members of the Cannes Film Festival jury.

Also on the jury are American stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Sienna Miller, French star Sophie Marceau, Spanish actress Rossy de Palma and film composer Rokia Traore.

Dolan, from Quebec, shared the Grand Jury prize last year for his film Mommy — his fourth film at the festival.

Mexico-born del Toro has a home in Toronto, where he executive-produces The Strain, executive-produced Mama and directed Pacific Rim and the upcoming Crimson Peak. He is expected to begin production soon on sequels to Pacific Rim in the city.

Del Toro’s film Pan’s Labyrinth premiered at Cannes in 2006.

The jury line-up should be good news for Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, whose Sicario is among the films competing for the coveted Palme d’Or. In addition to having a fellow Quebecois on the jury, Villeneuve directed Gyllenhaal in both Prisoners and Enemy.

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The Cannes jury presidents this year are filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. The festival runs May 13 to 24.

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