The Cannes Film Festival has announced today that Argentine director Lisandro Alonso will be part of this year’s jury for Un Certain Regard, the official sidebar of the French film festival. Chaired by Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki, the jury of three women and two men—also comprised by French actress Marina Foïs, German producer Nurhan Sekerci-Porst, and Belgian director Lukas Dhont—will reveal its prizewinners on Friday, May 24 during the Un Certain Regard closing ceremony.
Born in 1975 in Buenos Aires, Lisandro Alonso studied for three years at the Universidad del Cine. After co-directing his first short film Dos en la vereda in 1995, he worked as an assistant director and sound designer until 2000. His first feature film, La Libertad, which focuses on the relationship between a lonely lumberjack and his environment, premiered in Un Certain Regard.
After creating his own production company 4L, Alonso returned to Cannes in 2004 with Los Muertos, which premiered in the Directors Fortnight. Two years later, he completed his trilogy with Fantasma. In 2008, the director decided to lean toward a more fictional approach with Liverpool, following a young sailor looking for his mother in the lost villages of Tierra del Fuego. Five years later, Jauja, set in 19th century Denmark and Argentina and starring Danish actor Viggo Mortensen, won the FIPRESCI award in the section Un Certain Regard.