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Cannes 2011: Festival gets Uma Thurman, Jude Law for competition jury

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Guess who will be serving on the Cannes Film Festival jury this year: the whole cast of the upcoming Batman threequel and all the superheroes from The Avengers — oh, and also Harry Potter!

Joking! Just a shameless effort to get folks to click. But wait …! Come on now, don’t you want to know who really will be joining jury president Robert De Niro in evaluating the competition line-up?

It’s Charlie Sheen and the dancer who says she is the real Black Swan.

All right, playtime is over. The real members of the panel announced today are:

Martina Gusman of Argentina, an actress and producer whose films include Lion’s Den (2008), which premiered at Cannes, and Carancho (2010).

Nansun Shi of China, a Hong Kong action film producer, with credits such as Seven Swords (2005) and the Jean Claude Van Damme/Dennis Rodman pairing Double Team (1997), both of which were directed by her husband Hark Tsui.

Uma Thurman, the American actress, of course, who has a long history of films at the festival, including 1994’s Pulp Fiction, which won the Palme d’Or.

Linn Ullman, a film critic and journalist from Norway.

Olivier Assayas, the French filmmaker who last year brough the five-and-a-half hour terrorist bio-pic Carlos to the festival.

Jude Law, the British actor, co-star of Sherlock Holmes and The Talented Mr. Ripley. He has also acted alongside Thurman, making the jury a mini-Gattaca reunion.

Mahamat Saleh Haroun, a filmmaker from Chad who has lived in France for nearly 30 years, who won the Cannes jury prize last year for A Screaming Man, about a father and son torn apart by his homeland’s civil war.

Johnnie To, the director/producer of many Hong Kong action films, including Vengeance, which played in competition at the festival two years ago.

The Cannes Film Festival starts May 11 and continues through the 22nd.

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