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Tim Roth to chair second-strand jury at Cannes

Tim Roth to chair second-strand jury at Cannes

Tim Roth to chair second-strand jury at Cannes

A British star famed for promoting fresh film-making talent, Tim Roth, is to head the jury of the Cannes Film Festival’s more artistic sidebar, Un Certain Regard.

The contest is designed to recognise films with what the organisers call “an original aim and aesthetic” and frequently throws up more controversial and offbeat films than the main competition. Over the past few years, one of the worst reviewed films in the history of Cannes, Vincent Gallo’s Brown Bunny drew boos from the Un Certain Regard audience. More recently, the surreal Greek family drama Dogtooth was launched at the second biggest cinema in Cannes, the Debussy Theatre; the following year it received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film. Another success from this strand was Blue Valentine, which earned Golden Globe nominations for its stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams; she also secured an Oscar nod. But most films Un Certain Regard films struggle to obtain UK distribution.

Tim Roth’s break in acting came as the lead in Alan Clarke’s TV movie Made in Britain in 1982, but it would be another ten years before Quentin Tarantino made him an international star as Mr Orange in Reservoir Dogs. Two years later, he was part of Tarantino’s team again when Pulp Fiction picked up the Palme d’Or in the main Cannes competition. Most recently, he’s had the main role in the American TV drama Lie to Me.

The twenty films in this year’s contest will be revealed at a news conference on April 19th. Roth and his jury will hand out their prizes on Saturday 26th May, the day before the Cannes Film Festival draws to a close with the Palme d’Or ceremony.

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