Willem Dafoe to judge at Cannes

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe will sit on the Cannes Film Festival jury this year.

The Oscar-nominated actor is known for starring in the Spider-Man franchise and horror film Shadow of the Vampire.

He will join director Sofia Coppola, Gael García Bernal, Carole Bouquet, Iranian actress Leila Hatami, Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon and directors Nicolas Winding Refn and Jia Zhangke. Jane Campion will act as jury president.

Willem, 58, and his fellow judges will be tasked with deciding which film is to receive the prestigious Palme d’Or award this year. They also have say over who will take home the other main prizes, including best actor and best actress. There are 18 films in competition for 2014.

Timothy Spall stars in Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, which will be in competition at the prestigious annual event. The movie takes a look at the life of British artist J.M.W Turner.

Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall is a film about political activist Jimmy Gralton and Barry Ward and Andrew Scott star.

Others in competition include Tommy Lee Jones with western drama The Homesman and Bennett Miller with drama Foxcatcher.

The Cannes Film Festival takes place from May 14 – 25 this year and will open with a screening of Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco, which has Nicole Kidman in the lead role of Grace Kelly.

The Un Certain Regard category will be opened by Party Girl, which is directed by Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis.

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