Although Isabella Rossellini is less known stateside than in Europe the pedigreed doyenne of the moving pictures is bona fide cinema royalty. Her father is filmmaker Roberto Rossellini and her mother, Ingrid Bergman. Oh, she was married to a certain Martin Scorsese in the late seventies and later dated David Lynch. Naming her head of the jury of the Un Certain Regard (U.C.R.) program at this year’s Cannes Festival will add cachet and a dash of pizzazz to this sidebar of films that will not have a shot at the Palme D’Or but get their own prizes in a separate and more informal ceremony on May 24th.
Rosellini has appeared in four Official Selection films, including 1987’s out of competition Tough Guys Don’t Dance, “Wild at heart” (1980), 1998’s “The Imposters” and Two Lovers, in 2008.