Cannes: Laurent Lafitte Named Master of Ceremonies

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Laurent Lafitte

The MC traditionally serves as host of the opening and closing ceremonies of the festival.

French actor and comedian Laurent Lafitte will serve as master of ceremonies of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, presiding over its opening and closing ceremonies in May.

Organizers praised their pick, saying: "He has excelled in a range of registers from comedy (The Other Side of the Tracks, 16 ans... ou presque, Papa ou maman etc), to drama and art house film (Little White Lies, Bright Days Ahead, Tristesse Club, Boomerang)."

They added: "Having appeared in Love Punch in 2013 alongside Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson, he has just finished filming Elle, from Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, and is currently working on Albert Dupontel’s latest film, Au revoir la-haut. Lafitte will also star with Uma Thurman in the cast of Marjane Satrapi’s next film — an adaptation of the Romain Puertolas novel The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an IKEA Wardrobe."

Lafitte follows French actor Lambert Wilson, who held the honor two years in a row, and French actress Audrey Tautou.

The master of ceremonies welcomes the jury, including president George Miller, and officially opens the festival during the evening ceremony on May 11 and the closing ceremony and awards on May 22.