Abderrahmane Sissako for the shorts and Cinéfondation juries
by Fabien Lemercier
- In May, the Mauritanian filmmaker will judge the films battling it out on the Croisette in both the Cinéfondation Selection and the short-film competition
The movies made by film-school students in the Cinéfondation Selection and the short films in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (13-24 May 2015) will be judged by a jury chaired by Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako (whose latest opus, Timbuktu [+see also:
film profile], which is still in the running for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film 2015, was unveiled in competition last year on the Croisette). As such, he will be filling the shoes of Abbas Kiarostami, Jane Campion, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Martin Scorsese.
The Cannes short-film competition has served as a springboard for such names as Lynne Ramsay and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, while the Cinéfondation Selection has, in the past, presented student films by Corneliu Porumboiu, Kornél Mundruczo and Jessica Hausner, among others.
(Translated from French)