Cannes: French Director Nicole Garcia to Head Camera d'Or Jury

Nicole Garcia - H

Nicole Garcia - H

Ryan Gosling will be among those in the running for the award, which recognizes new or young directors.

PARIS -- French actress and director Nicole Garcia, who's 2006 drama Charlie Says was in the main competition category, will preside over the Camera d’Or jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

"Presiding over the Camera d'Or is an honor, a joy and a mission," she said in a statement. "I hope to be worthy of the honour, bask in the joy and do my best to deliver on the mission."

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The Camera d'Or ('golden camera') is awarded for the best debut film that is presented in the Official Selection of the festival -- be it out-of-competition, in the main competition or in the Un Certain Regard section -- in the Critics' Week or Directors' Fortnight sidebars.

She has presented a total of seven films at Cannes as both actress and director, and made her early career working with such directing greats as Bertrand Tavernier, Alain Resnais, and Claude Lelouch. She won a best actress Cesar award for her performance in 1979's Practice Makes Perfect.

Among this year's contenders for the Camera d'Or are Kanu Behl's Indian drama Titli, Alice Rohrwacher's La Meraviglie, and Ryan Gosling's directing debut Lost River, which is competing in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.

Previous winners of the award include Jim Jarmusch, Steve McQueen and Naomi Kawase.

The Camera d'Or award will be presented during the main awards ceremony on May 24.