Following British filmmaker Andrea Arnold, Valeria Golino will be the President of the Jury of Un Certain Regard at the 75th Festival de Cannes. Along with 4 members from Poland (actress Joanna Kulig), Venezuela (actor Édgar Ramírez), the United States (director Debra Granik), and France (singer-songwriter and actor Benjamin Biolay), she will select the winners of this section which celebrates young, auteur and revelation films.
Un Certain Regard will feature 20 films this year, including 8 first films and 9 films by female directors, just as Maryland by Alice Winocour, Montparnasse Bienvenue by Léonor Serraille who won the Caméra d’or and whose new film is in competition, A Brother’s love by Monia Chokri and Good Mother by Hafsia Herzi in 2021. Last year’s winner of Un Certain Regard was Russian filmmaker Kira Kovalenko’s Unclenching the fists.
Valeria Golino – President
Director, actress, producer
Singer-songwriter, producer, actor
I have been to Cannes so many times, as an actress, as a director, in different selections… It is the event of the month of May. It’s a party, where you reconnect with friends. But it’s also the occasion to reflect: What path did I take? What have others done? What does the cinema say that is universal, inherent to all times and all countries? It is all the more intense within a Jury, where we will feel, think and share together. In this world full of sound and fury, I am happy and honored to be here to help, perhaps, filmmakers to emerge.
Valeria Golino, Jury President of Un Certain Regard
An intense and passionate artist, Valeria Golino is strongly engaged, whether she acts, directs, or produces, initiating films that bend the rules and address topical issues. She immediately stood out when she started acting in 1983 and has regularly expressed her talent outside her native Italy. Her adventurous curiosity has led her to work with experienced artists as well as many young filmmakers. Her répertoire straddles social drama, historical films, hilarious spoofs, and more intimate films – all of which focus on human feelings. Valeria Golino speaks several languages and offers her personality as a free, strong-headed, and sassy woman, a fine representative of Italian cinema from the Naples generation at its peak.
“Valeria is among those artists who are inspired and inspiring, who regenerate by taking risks and reinvent themselves each time”, according to Festival de Cannes President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux. “Her acting skills and engagement as a director will allow her to cast a valuable and expert eye on the films presented”.
Director, actress, producer
Early on in her career, Italian-born Valeria Golino was awarded the Prize of Best Actress for her role in Francesco Maselli’s A Tale of Love at the Venice Film Festival in 1986. Her career became international and she notably appeared in Barry Levinson’s Rain Man (1988), Jim Abrahams’ Hot Shots! (1991) and Hot Shots! 2 (1993), Emanuele Crialese’s Respiro (2002), Antonio Capuano’s Mario’s War (2005), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Actrices (2007) and Paolo Virzi’s Human Capital (2013). She directed her first film, Miele, presented at the Festival de Cannes in the Un Certain Regard selection (2013). She appeared in Giuseppe M. Gaudino’s Per Amor Vostro, which won her the Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival (2015). She directed Euforia, cheered in the Un Certain Regard selection at the Festival de Cannes (2018), and came back the following year in competition as an actress with Portrait of a lady on fire by Céline Sciamma, Awarded best screenplay (2019). She recently finished filming Edoardo De Angelis’ series La vita bugiarda degli adulti. She’s currently working on her first series as a director: L’arte della gioia.
Debra Granik is the director and co-writer of Winter’s Bone, which premiered and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2010. The film was nominated for 4 Oscars, including Best Picture. Granik and co-writer Anne Rosellini were also Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Her first film, Down To The Bone won Granik the Best Director prize at the 2004 Sundance. In 2015, she completed Stray Dog, a feature documentary, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Her most recent film, Leave No Trace, premiered at Sundance 2018 and was included in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes 2018. She is currently editing a longitudinal documentary shot over the past 5 years about the experiences of people reentering New York City after incarceration. Her next project is an adaptation of the non-fiction book, “Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Actress and singer, Joanna Kulig was born in Poland. Graduate of the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow, she devoted herself at the beginning of her career to singing and television roles which earned her numerous awards. In 2011, she played alongside Juliette Binoche in Elles by Malgorzata Szumowska. In 2015, she played in Agnus Dei by Anne Fontaine, selected at the Sundance Film Festival. Muse of Pawel Palikowski, she starred in The Woman in the Fifth, Ida (Oscar for best foreign language film), and Cold War. The film has been selected in competition at the Festival de Cannes 2018, received the price for Best Director and the European Film Award for best actress. In 2020, she appeared in the series The Eddy co-directed by Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle. She just finished filming She Came to Me by Rebecca Miller and will be in the upcoming film Kompromat by Jérôme Salle.
Singer-songwriter, producer, actor
Musician with numerous awards including 6 Victoires de la Musique, notably best male singer and album of the year for “Grand Prix”, Benjamin Biolay is also a remarkable and recognized actor. He made his movie debut with Stella de Sylvie Verheyde (2009), winning the César for best supporting actor. He has since acted in approximately 30 films, including On a Magical Night by Christophe Honoré which was presented at Un Certain Regard in 2019, and France by Bruno Dumont which was selected in competition at the Festival de Cannes in 2021. He wrote the score for several films, including La Guerre est déclarée by Valérie Donzelli (2011) and L’homme qu’on aimait trop by André Téchiné (2014). In 2020, Benjamin Biolay was featured in The Eddy, the series by Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle. He will soon appear in Un Hiver en été by Laëtitia Masson and La Ligne by Ursula Meier.
Actor and producer, Edgar Ramirez was born in Venezuela. His films credits include The Bourne Ultimatum by Paul Greengrass, Che by Steven Soderbergh, Zero Dark Thirty by Kathryn Bigelow, Cartel by Ridley Scott, Carlos by Olivier Assayas presented out of competition at the Festival de Cannes 2010, Hands of Stone by Jonathan Jakubowicz also presented out of competition in 2016, during a tribute to Robert De Niro. Ramirez was recently seen starring in Disney’s Jungle Cruise and Universal’s The 355. In 2020, he starred in HBO’s The Undoing which was their most-watched show of the year. In 2022, he is upcoming in Netflix’s Florida Man, a drama series for which he plays the titular role as well as Lionsgate’s Borderlands. Ramírez is a two-time Golden Globe nominee for his performances as Carlos the Jackal in Carlos by Olivier Assayas and as Gianni Versace in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.
Valeria Golino © Chieregato
Édgar Ramírez © John Russo
Debra Granik © Johan Bergmark
Benjamin Biolay © Mathieu César
Joanna Kulig © Marcin Kempski