Cannes 2012: Carlos Diegues to Chair Camera d'Or Jury

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The Brazilian director will award the prize for best first feature from among 22 fresh filmmaking faces.

PARIS - Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Diegues will chair the jury for this year’s Camera d’or prize to determine which member of the filmmaking freshman class of 2012 takes home the coveted prize for best first film at the Festival de Cannes.

Launched in 1978, the Camera d'Or, or "Golden Camera," is awarded to the best first film in Official Selection, at the Director’s Fortnight or in the Critics Week sidebar. This year, 22 directors will compete for the prize.

Joining Diegues for jury duty will be Italian journalist Gloria Satta, Remy Chevrin from the French Association of Film Cinematographers, Herve Icovic from France’s Federation of Cinema, Audiovisual and Multimedia Industries, Michel Andrieu from France’s Society of Film Directors and French Union of Film Critics’ Francis Gavelle. Diegues and his jury will name their victor at the festival’s closing ceremony on May 27th.

Diegues began as a film critic and short films director before breaking onto the feature scene with Zumba in 1964 and The Big City in 1966. The pioneer of Cinema Novo has also directed such notable titles as Joanna Francesa with Jeanne Moreau and Xica da Silva and Festival de Cannes Official Selection films like Summer Showers, Bye Bye Brazil, Quilombo and Subway to the Stars.

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