Abbas Kiarostami to head Cannes Short Film, Cinefondation juries

Abbas Kiarostami to head Cannes Short Film, Cinefondation juries

PanARMENIAN.Net - Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is returning to Cannes in 2014, this time as the president of the short film and Cinefondation jury, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The Palme d’Or-winning director will head the five-member jury of Noemie Lvovsky, Mahamat-Saleh Haround, Joachim Trier, and Daniela Thomas.

Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry won the festival’s top prize in 1997, while his other works have consistently appeared in competition, with Ten in 2002, Like Someone in Love in 2012, and Certified Copy, which won Juliette Binoche the best actress prize, in 2010. He was a member of the main jury in 1993, and the Camera d’Or jury in 2002 and 2005. He’s been involved with the Cinefondation section as a patron since its inception in 1998.

Lvovsky’s Camille Rewinds took home the SACD prize at Cannes in 2012, where it competed in Director’s Fortnight sidebar. It went on to be nominated for thirteen Cesars -- the French version of the Oscars -- the following year.

France-based Chadian director Haround is also Cannes regular, with his latest film Grisgris in the main competition at last year’s festival, and his 2010 feature A Screaming Man the winner of the jury prize in 2010. He served on the main competition jury in 2011.

Trier, writer and director of Oslo, 31 August, will make his first appearance on a Cannes jury since his film appeared in the Un Certain Regard sidebar in 2011.

Brazilian Thomas co-directed Linha de Pass, which screened in competition at Cannes in 2008. The Cinefondation, which awards student films, will be announced on May 22, and the short film winners will be announced during the main award ceremony on May 24.

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