The jury seems fairly diverse and Moretti has the authority as a former Palme d’Or winner himself (for 2001’s The Son’s Room) to steer the boat. And yet, Moretti is an argumentative soul – one scene from his 1993 film Caro Diario has him tormenting a film critic by keeping him awake reading his own film reviews back to him – and so there could be some fireworks behind the scenes.
In other news, the roster of films has been swelled by the announcement of the Critic’s Week and Directors’ Fortnight selections. The former is made up almost entirely of debut features, including British theatre director Rufus Norris’ Broken, starring Tim Roth, the head of this year’s short film jury . Michel Gondry’s The We and the I will open the Directors’ Fortnight strand, which will also include Ben Wheatley’s Kill List (2011) follow-up Sightseers and Pablo Larraín’s No.
The 65th Cannes Film Festival takes place from 16-27 May, 2012. For more of our Cannes 2012 coverage, simply follow this link.