Abderrahmane Sissako Set to Preside Cannes’ Cinefondation and Short Film Jury
PARIS– Abderrahmane Sissako, whose latest film “Timbuktu” played in competition at Cannes last year and nommed for a foreign-language Oscar, is set to return to the croisette to preside the Cinfondation and Short Films jury.
Sissako will follow in the footsteps of Abbas Kiarostami, Jane Campion, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Martin Scorsese, who previously served as president of that jury.
From “The Game,” to “Bamako” and “Timbuktu,” Sissako’s films explore with humanism the complex relations between North and South as well as the fate of Africa.
“I would never want to make a film that somebody else could make, and I want to see films that I would never make,” said the African director. “What’s important to me is the cinema of anonymity – addressing the conflicts but above all the suffering endured by anonymous people – empowering them and making them visible, testifying to their courage and their beauty.”
Sissako’s jury will comprise of four personalities and will award three prizes during the festival’s closing ceremony on May 24.