Naomi Kawase to chair the shorts and Cinéfondation jury at Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
- The Japanese filmmaker will judge the films duking it out on the Croisette in May both in the Cinéfondation Selection and in the short-film competition
The movies by film schools in the Cinéfondation Selection and the short films in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival (11-22 May 2016) will be judged by a jury set to be chaired by Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase, who is stepping into the shoes of previous chairs Abderrahmane Sissako, Abbas Kiarostami, Jane Campion, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Martin Scorsese. As a reminder, in 1997, at the age of 27, the director became the youngest winner of the Caméra d'Or with Suzaku, and she then took part in the competition at Cannes four more times, with a Grand Prix into the bargain in 2007 with The Mourning Forest.
The filmmaker reacted to her appointment very enthusiastically, saying: “Films enrich people's lives, and their worlds inspire new possibilities. It is a little over 100 years since the advent of films, and their potential is ever expanding. They are exceptional media that can embody the diversity of world cultures, and their stories are like another life that enchants the audiences who see them. Short films are exceptionally difficult, facing the question of how much of a story can be experienced in their short duration, while they also contain myriad possibilities yet unseen. And among films created by students there will be the discovery of hidden brilliance like a gemstone, which makes me very much look forward to participating in this jury, a journey of adventure.”
(Translated from French)