Cannes 2017, Day Ten: Yo Ho, a Jury's Life for Me

by Ana Maria Bahiana May 26, 2017
Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, Pedro Almodovar and Fan Bingbing
Jury members of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival
Barry Jenkins
Stefan Denolyubov and Dimitar Banenkin
Jacquleine Bisset in Cannes 2017
Bridget Everett, Geremy Jasper, Danielle Macdonald, Cathy Moriarty, and Siddharth Dhananjay
Security forces patrol on the Croisette on May 26, 2017 during the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.
Cinematographer Christopher Doyle receives award in Cannes 2017
Diane Kruger

Consider the life of a Cannes jury member - there's basically two activities in her/his agenda:  watching the best international films available at the moment and attending whatever events tickle her/his fancy among the vast opportunities available; this, in a country famous for the excellence of its cuisine, wines and parties. The job, of course, also comes with a tremendous amount of pressure and responsibility. The Palme d'Or and its companion awards are not to be dispensed lightly, and any Cannes jury member with a good memory will, if questioned, tell you stories of heated discussions in chambers, when the hour of truth draws near. And the 70th Cannes Film Festival is coming to a close - the Marché has ended; a great contigent of executives, producers and press has already left; and the last films in competition will be shown tomorrow, Saturday. But before that... a votre santé!