Cannes 2012: Bertrand Bonello, Joao Pedro Rodrigues to Preside over Critics Week Juries

7:04 AM PST 04/26/2012 by Rebecca Leffler
Bertrand Bonello

Bonello will head up the features film jury and Rodrigues will choose the best short film in the sidebar.

PARIS - Bertrand Bonello and Joao Pedro Rodrigues will add Franco-Portugese flavor to Cannes when the filmmakers preside over this year’s Critics Week juries, organizers announced on Thursday.

House of Tolerance director Bonello was named president of the jury for the Nespresso Grand Prize that he’ll vote upon with his team of four international journalists. Seven films from first-time directors will vie for the prize that was awarded to Jeff NicholsTake Shelter at last year’s fest. Bonello is a Critics Week graduate after his 2001 film Pornographe earned him a FIPRESCI prize that year. He then returned to Cannes in 2003 with Tiresia in the official selection’s competition and in 2008 with De la Guerre in Director’s Fortnight.

The director’s Cesar-nominated House of Tolerance screened in official competition last year. Rodrigues will preside over Nikon’s Short Film jury with producers and film festival directors by his side. Rodrigues will be back in Cannes after screening To Die Like a Man in Un Certain Regard in 2009. His film Odete won the Director’s Fortnight’s Prix Cinemas de Recherche in 2005. The Critics Week short films category has launched the careers of several notable directors, namely Francois Ozon, Gaspar Noe and this year’s main competition juror Andrea Arnold. The 51st annual Critics Week sidebar runs May 17 – 25 in Cannes.

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