Cannes Jury President Ruben Östlund and Members Back Hollywood Writers' Strike

‘I think it's great that people have a strong collegial feeling so you can go out and have a strike,’ said this year’s jury president Ruben Östlund.

Cannes Jury President Ruben Östlund and Members Back Hollywood Writers' Strike

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The WGA strike in Hollywood kicked off on May 3

  • WGA say they are striking for better compensation
  • Negotiations between the WGA and major US studios and streaming services
  • Paul Dano is one of the eight members on Östlund’s jury

Ruben Östlund (Triangle of Sadness), head of this year's Cannes festival jury, said Tuesday he supports the screenwriters' strike in Hollywood ahead of the opening ceremony for the industry shindig on the French Riviera.

"I think it's great that people have a strong collegial feeling so you can go out and have a strike," said the two-time Palme d'Or winner. Taking such action was "how you can change the conditions of your profession. I am definitely, yeah... go!"

The strike in Hollywood kicked off on May 3 after negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and major US studios and streaming services failed.

US actor and director Paul Dano, one of the eight members of Östlund's jury and married to actress and screenwriter Zoe Kazan, also voiced his support. "My wife is currently picketing with our six-month-old strapped to her chest and I will go be there with her on the picket line when I get home from here," said Dano, seen recently in Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans.

The thousands of picketing writers in Hollywood say they are striking for better compensation in a field that has been disrupted by streaming.

As for the mood Östlund hopes to foster among his jury as they deliberate the 21 films in competition, he stressed there would be no rules and no holding back.

"When it comes to running the jury, you try to create a certain type of atmosphere where people don't try to be smart all the time," he said. "People shouldn't be scared of saying what their gut feeling is, if you have a jury atmosphere where everyone is trying to be... intellectual, smarter than the other... you are missing out on something."

But as far as providing any talking points on the movies under consideration at Cannes, Östlund pledged to silence.

"We are going to keep our mouths completely shut this year", said the 49-year-old Swede, "publicists will have no rumours."

Östlund described the top award as "the greatest film prize in the world. If I can choose between an Oscar and a Palme, it's an easy choice."

The Cannes Film Festival opens Monday evening and runs until May 27.

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The Fabelmans

  • Release Date 10 February 2023
  • Language English
  • Genre Drama
  • Cast
    Gabriel LaBelle, Mateo Zoryna Francis-Deford, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Oakes Fegley, Gabriel Bateman, Nicolas Cantu, Julia Butters, Judd Hirsch, Jeannie Berlin, Robin Bartlett, Keeley Karsten, Sam Rechner, Chloe East, Isabelle Kusman, Jonathan Hadary, Cooper Dodson, Gustavo Escobar, Lane Factor, Stephen Matthew Smith, Birdie Borria, Alina Brace, David Lynch, Sophia Kopera, Kalama Epstein, Jan Hoag, Greg Grunberg, Brinly Marum, James Urbaniak, Alex Quijano
  • Director
    Steven Spielberg
  • Producer
    Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner, Kristie Macosko Krieger

Triangle of Sadness

  • Release Date 12 May 2023
  • Language English
  • Genre Comedy, Drama
  • Cast
    Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, Dolly de Leon, Zlatko Burić, Woody Harrelson, Iris Berben, Vicki Berlin, Henrik Dorsin, Jean-Christophe Folly, Amanda Walker, Oliver Ford Davies, Sunnyi Melles
  • Director
    Ruben Östlund
  • Producer
    Erik Hemmendorff, Philippe Bober

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