Demier stint as Cannes fest No. 3 is brief

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PARIS -- Catherine Demier has parted company with the Festival de Cannes just two years after joining Europe's premier film event as managing director.

Her departure comes shortly after Thierry Fremaux was upped from artistic delegate to general delegate in August, a move seen as cementing his position as the heir to Gilles Jacob, who was delegate general from 1978-2000 before taking on his role of festival president.

Demier was in charge of the administrative, logistical and financial running of the event. She joined Cannes in 2005, replacing industry veteran Veronique Cayla, who moved on to head the Center National de la Cinematographie.

It is understood that Demier did not hit it off with Fremaux or Jacob. Festival officials declined comment on the reasons for her departure, which has not yet been officially announced.

Fremaux, however, said that the Festival de Cannes is not going to hire another managing director, which spells the end of the much-vaunted tripartite management structure that Jacob installed when he moved up to president, with Fremaux in charge of the selection and the managing director running the rest.

Jacob was general delegate in charge of the day-to-day running of the festival and the lineup and Pierre Viot held the figurehead role of president.

"We'll recruit a financial and administrative director. But Cannes will effectively come back to a dual system now made up of Gilles and me," Fremaux said.

Demier told The Hollywood Reporter that she was sad to leave Cannes after just two editions and that she will be returning to a post at the Cour des Comptes, France's national audit office. She previously worked as financial director of the CNC and as adviser on cinema at the culture ministry.
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