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  • Writer's pictureAlexa Bouhelier-Ruelle

John C. Reilly to head Un Certain Regard jury

The Film Festival’s special section for young and daring filmmakers picks the American actor, producer and writer to lead the jury.

Le Jury Un Certain Regard © John C. Reilly © Kirk MacKoy _ Getty Images Alice Winocour © Aurélie Lamachère Émilie Dequenne © Delphine Gho

John C. Reilly will head up the jury for the 2023 Un Certain Regard sidebar. 'Close' actress Émilie Dequenne, 'Return to Seoul' director Davy Chou, 'Undine' actress Paula Beer and 'Proxima' director Alice Winocour join him on this years’ jury. Reilly has been a frequent visitor to the Cannes film festival, screening such titles as “The Lobster”, “Tale of Tales” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin”.

Joining Reilly on this year’s Un Certain Regard Jury are French Cambodian director and producer Davy Chou, whose “Return to Seoul” screened in Un Certain Regard last year; the French director and screenwriter Alice Winocour (“Proxima”, “Revoir Paris”); German actress Paula Beer (“Transit”, “Afire”); and Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne (“Close”).

“I have had so many life-changing moments at the Festival de Cannes"

Running parallel to the official selection for the Palme d’Or, Un Certain Regard is a special section of the Film Festival with the scope of recognising young talent and encouraging daring filmmaking. In 1998, the Prix Un Certain Regard was created to bring international attention to small, independent films from around the world and includes a grant for €30,000 to aid the film in French distribution.

“I have had so many life-changing moments at the Festival de Cannes - from my miraculous first trip with Paul Thomas Anderson to celebrating my 50th birthday from the Palais stage! So, to be chosen as the president of Un Certain Regard Jury is truly such an incredible honor,” Reilly said in a statement. “Many of the films I have been lucky to appear in have been selected by the Festival over these many years and nothing feels as special as being invited to this amazing annual gathering of the very best cinema has to offer the world. I look forward to helping launch another generation of filmmakers on this special occasion as the Festival has done since its inception. I am humbled and thrilled.”

Reilly and the jury will screen the 20 features picked for this year’s Un Certain Regard section and will pick winners in the best film, best director, best performance and best screenplay categories, as well as a jury and Coup de Coeur prize.




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