Cannes: Bertrand Bonello to Head Short, Student Film Juries

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Bertrand Bonello

The 'Saint Laurent' director will oversee the two categories.

Saint Laurent director Bertrand Bonello will head up this year’s short film and Cinefondation juries.

A Cannes regular, Bonello’s Tiresia was in official competition in 2003, followed by House of Tolerance in 2011 and Saint Laurent in 2014, though 2016’s controversial terrorism film Nocturama premiered in Toronto after Cannes passed on the film.

The Cinefondation selects 15-20 student films each year for its competition. The section was launched in 2000 by past president Gilles Jacob, who still oversees the section.

"This year will be presided by one of the greatest contemporary directors, an iconoclastic and unique artist. And besides his art, his genuine humanity continues to shine to this day,” said Jacob.

Bonello said young filmmakers should “shake us up.” “Let them make us look at what we’re unable to see, let them enjoy the freedom, the sharpness, the recklessness and the daring that we sometimes no longer possess,” he added.

Bonello follows Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu as head of the juries. Japanese director Naomi Kawase served as head in 2016, and Oscar-nominated director Abderrahmane Sissako headed the juries in 2015.

Laszlo Nemes, whose Son of Saul won a Golden Globe and a best foreign-language film Oscar in 2015, and Amat Escalante, whose Heli earned him the best director prize at Cannes in 2013, are past recipients of the prize.

Directors Jane Campion, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Martin Scorsese also have served as presidents of the Cinefondation and short film juries in Cannes.