French actor Vincent Lindon will preside over the Cannes Film Festival jury

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French actor Vincent Lindon will head the main jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival which awards the coveted Palme d’Or.

The jury led by Vincent Lindon, who starred in the 2021 winner “Titanium”, will choose between 21 films in the film festival’s main competition which runs from May 17-28.

In a statement, Lindon said he was “extremely proud to be entrusted, amid the upheaval of the many events we are going through around the world, with the splendid and burdensome task of presiding over the jury”.

He and his jury “will strive to care for the movies of the future that all harbor the same secret hope of courage, loyalty and freedom,” Lindon said.

Lindon, 62, will be joined by eight other jurors.

They are British actress and director Rebecca Hall, Indian actress Deepika Padukone, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Italian actress and director Jasmine Trinca, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, French director Ladj Ly, by American director Jeff Nichols and Norwegian director Joachim Trier.

The lineup for this year’s festival, the 75th edition of Cannes, is a mix of cult art house directors and Hollywood glamour.

Canadian horror maestro David Cronenberg, American filmmaker James Gray and Frenchwoman Claire Denis are among the contenders for the Palme d’Or.

They’re expected to bring a host of stars to the red carpet, with Cronenberg’s sci-fi/horror crossover “Crimes of the Future” starring Kristen Stewart Lea Seydoux and Viggo Mortensen.

Denis returns with a thriller set in Central America – ‘The Stars at Noon’ – starring Taron Egerton and Robert Pattinson.

Gray’s entry, “Armageddon Time,” is a tale based on his growing up in New York with Anne Hathaway, Oscar Isaac, Cate Blanchett and Anthony Hopkins.

Tom Cruise will attend the much-delayed world premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick,” the sequel to his 1986 blockbuster, played out of competition.

And Tom Hanks will be in town for “Elvis,” in which he plays the rock ‘n’ roll star’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, in the latest from Australian director Baz Luhrmann who has already lit up Cannes with “Moulin Red!” and “Gatsby.”

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