#Cannes2017: Cristian Mungiu President of Cinéfondation Jury

12. April 2017

Cristian Mungiu scooped the award for best director in Cannes last year for his father-daughter drama BACALAUREAT, which screened as a Gala Premiere at the 12th ZFF. The Rumanian director has now been chosen to preside over the juries of the Short Film and the Cinéfondation sections of the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

 

Film still from GRADUATION

Cristian Mungiu is one of the most important directors of contemporary arthouse cinema. Born 1968 in Rumania, Mungiu first studied English literature and then film in Bucharest. He gained international renown in 2007 with his sensitive drama 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, about a student in 1980s communist Rumania who takes the illegal decision to abort her baby. The film received the "Palme d’Or" in Cannes and the European Film Award. The film also featured in the 3rd ZFF’s "Spotlight" section.

Mungiu, an eminent representative of Rumanian New Wave and three times award-winner at Cannes, will now preside over the jury of the Short Film and the Cinéfondation sections of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. By accepting the task, Mungiu is set to follow in the footsteps of such director greats as Naomi Kawase, Abderrahmane Sissako, Abbas Kiarostami and Jane Campion. Mungiu served on the jury of the "Competition" section at Cannes alongside jury president Steven Spielberg in 2013. 

The 70th Cannes Film Festival takes place from May 17-28, 2017. The programme will be unveiled on April 20, 2017. 

Mungiu says he is proud to be the president of the Cinéfondation and thus contribute towards giving the help and recognising young filmmakers deserve.

Mungiu says he is proud to be the president of the Cinéfondation and thus contribute towards giving the help and recognising young filmmakers deserve.

"Value and originality have never achieved easy recognition in the cinema. And it’s even harder to recognise the value and originality of very young directors. But the Cinéfondation is known for having succeeded in doing just that to great effect. The Cinéfondation has always given young directors the help and recognition they needed at the very outset of their career, so that they could express themselves with courage and find their own voice. Long may that continue to achieve the same impact. It’s an endeavour in which I’m proud to be playing a part." 

 

The 70th Cannes Film Festival takes place from May 17-28, 2017. The programme will be unveiled on April 20, 2017. 


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