Cannes: Ronit Elkabetz to Head Critics' Week Jury

Courtesy of Music Box Films
'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem'

The Israeli actress and filmmaker will preside over the sidebar's 54th edition.

The Cannes Critics' Week sidebar on Tuesday unveiled the five-member jury for its upcoming 54th edition, with Israeli actress and director Ronit Elkabetz serving as president.

The 50-year-old Elkabetz has been a regular of the Critics' Week section since co-starring in Keren Yedaya's 2004 Grand Prize winner My Treasure. She also premiered her second feature, 7 Days (co-directed with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz), at the sidebar in 2008.

Her third feature, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, premiered in the Cannes Directors' Fortnight last year and went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination while grossing more than $500,000 for U.S. distributor Music Box Films. Elkabetz has also acted in films by Amos Gitai (Alila), Andre Techine (The Girl on the Train) and Dover Koshashvili (Late Marriage).

Other Critics' Week jury members this year include French director Katell Quillevere (Suzanne, Love Like Poison), veteran British cinematographer and David Cronenberg regular Peter Suschitzky (The Empire Strikes Back, A History of Violence), Andrea Picard, who curates the Toronto Film Festival's Wavelengths section, and The Hollywood Reporter film critic Boyd Van Hoeij.

The Cannes Critics' Week sidebar will run May 14-22.