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CANNES 2017 Jury

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Cristian Mungiu to chair the shorts and Cinéfondation jury at Cannes

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- The Romanian filmmaker will be judging the films duking it out on the Croisette in May, both in the Cinéfondation Selection and the short-film competition

Cristian Mungiu to chair the shorts and Cinéfondation jury at Cannes
Director Cristian Mungiu (© Dan Beleiu)

The movies by film schools in the Cinéfondation Selection and the short films in competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May) will be judged by a jury set to be chaired by Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu, who is stepping into the shoes of previous chairs Naomi Kawase, Abderrahmane SissakoAbbas Kiarostami, Jane Campion, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Martin Scorsese.

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Looking at his past record, the director can legitimately be called a true "child of Cannes", as all of his features have been presented at the gathering. He rose to prominence in the Directors’ Fortnight in 2002 with Occident before winning the Palme d'Or in 2007 with 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Oleg Mutu
film profile
]
and scooping prizes in the official competition for his subsequent efforts (Beyond the Hills [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Cosmina Stratan
interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Cristian Mungiu
film profile
]
won the Best Screenplay Award and the Best Actress Award in 2012, and Graduation [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Cristian Mungiu
film profile
]
won the Best Director Award last year), not to mention the omnibus film Tales from the Golden Age [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, which was showcased in Un Certain Regard in 2009.

The filmmaker reacted to his appointment very enthusiastically, saying: “Value and originality have never achieved easy recognition in the cinema – and it’s even harder to recognise the value and originality of very young directors. But the Cinéfondation is known for having succeeded in doing just that to great effect. The Cinéfondation has always given young directors the help and recognition they needed at the very outset of their career, so that they could express themselves with courage and find their own voice. Long may that continue to achieve the same impact. It’s an endeavour in which I’m proud to be playing a part.”

(Translated from French)

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