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Cannes boss says Barbie helped pick Greta Gerwig for jury

The new edition of the Cannes Film Festival begins this Tuesday, May 14th, and the director will be president of the jury this year

Thierry Frémauxgeneral delegate and artistic director of the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which begins this Tuesday, May 14th, revealed that Barbie influenced the choice of Greta Gerwig to preside over this year’s jury.

“First of all: here at Cannes, we really like Barbie. Speaking for myself, I was very excited to watch the film when it was about to be released, and I have to say that I was not disappointed. It’s an incredible achievement”he stated in a press conference at the festival [via Omelete].

“A jury president needs to lead her colleagues, and to do so she needs to have legitimacy, credibility among them. A young artist like Gerwigwhich comes from great artistic success as Barbieit is an ideal choice”continued Fremaux.

“Furthermore, she is a great film scholar, both contemporary cinema and classic cinema. This is important at Cannes, a festival that seeks to celebrate all types of cinema. Yesterday, at the dinner we had together, Greta told me: ‘I don’t want to be a judge, I want to follow each of these films on the journeys they propose’. It’s an admirable feeling”he completed.

About Barbie

In Barbiethe most famous doll in the world, played by Margot Robbie (The Suicide Squad), starts to have problems when Barbieland, his perfect world, stops being so perfect. To get everything back to normal, she decides to go to the Real World to discover the root of the problem.

However, the merciless president of the company that makes Barbie dolls will not let her wander our world for long and will pursue her until she is perfectly safe in her perfect world… which is no longer so perfect when she returns, thanks The Ken (Ryan Gosling, La La Land: Singing Seasons).

In addition to Robbie It is Gosling the cast of Barbie still has Alexandra Shipp (Tick, tick… BOOM!), Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) Emma Mackey (Sex Education), Kingsley Ben-Adir (Secret Invasion), Issa Rae (Insecure), Ncuti Gatwa (Doctor Who), Hari Nef (The Idol), John Cena (Peacemaker) and the singer Dua Lipaamong others, such as different versions of Barbie and Ken.

America Ferrera (Superstore), Ariana Greenblatt (Ahsoka), Will Ferrel (Stranger Than Fiction), Connor Swindells (Sex Education), Emerald Fennell (Beautiful Revenge), Michael Cera (Superbad: It’s Today) It is Helen Mirren (Shazam: Fury of the Gods), among many others, complete the cast.

Greta Gerwig (Little Women) drives Barbiebut also signs the film’s script together with her co-worker and husband, Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, White Noise). Watch the trailer:

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Source: Rollingstone

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