The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled the composition of its selection committee for its 71st edition running May 14-25 this year.
The festival also announced that general delegate Thierry Frémaux and film department director Christian Jeune had appointed Stéphanie Lamome as artistic advisor of the film department.
Lamome was already a member of the eight-person selection committee. In her new role, she joins the festival’s organising team, while continuing to work on the selection, particularly around young French cinema.
The festival noted that as well as the selection committee, listed below, it was also supported by a network of correspondents, which includes Didier Allouch, Joël Chapron, Isabelle Glachant, Agnès Poirier, José Maria Riba, Yuka Sakano and Ilda Santiago.
The Cannes Film Festival selection committee in full for 2019:
(bios provided by Cannes Film Festival)
After studying Modern Literature at la Sorbonne, Virginie Apiou became a journalist for the written press. She also directs TV documentaries about cinema (Canal +, Warner, TCM for: Hitchcock - La Mort aux trousses ou Hitchcock – Le Crime était presque parfait, Les acteurs-réalisateurs, etc.) as well as reports for Arte (Max Ophuls, Gabin-Renoir, Abel Gance, David Cronenberg, Abbas Kiarostami, Lars von Trier).
Paul Grandsard, of Franco-American origin, worked as a translator before directing six short films between 1987 and 2006. In 1996, he became a programmer for the Premiers Plans festival in Angers before joining the Festival de Cannes in 1999. Since 2010, he has been a professional photographer, specialising in portrait and architectural photography.
After brief medical studies, Laurent Jacob became a trainee director and then second assistant to Claude Lelouch, Claude Sautet, Nadine Trintignant, Laurent Heynemann and Jean-Jacques Annaud. He then made montage films on the history of cinema for the Festival de Cannes (Le Cinéma dans les Yeux, Liberté, two series of Préludes). He was in charge of the Cinéfondation selection from 1998 to 2009.
After completing a literature foundation course (also known as Khâgne), Stéphanie Lamome, from 1997 to 2015, worked as a journalist, reporter, critic, head of department and then deputy editor-in-chief of Première magazine. She is an on-air programmer for Radio Festival, the official radio of Festival de Cannes, since 2017.
From 1986 to 2000, Eric Libiot was a radio host (Radio Beur), TV journalist (Ensemble aujourd’hui), freelance print journalist (7 à Paris, Marianne, Paris Match, Max, L’autre journal), reporter and deputy editor-in-chief of Première. In 2000, he became deputy editor-in-chief of Arts and Entertainment at L’Express magazine and culture editor-in-chief in 2016. That same year, he also became a columnist at France Inter («Grand bien vous fasse» by Ali Rebeihi).
Doctor of Comparative Literature, exhibition curator, catalogue director, co-editor of the Larousse mondial du cinéma (2011) and the Dictionnaire mondial des mouvements artistiques et littéraires 1870-2010 (2012), contributor to the Encyclopedia Universalis, 1895 and film columnist for La Quinzaine littéraire (1993-2015), Lucien Logette is now editor-in-chief of the monthly Jeune Cinéma.
Journalist, critic and head of the cinema department at Télérama. Since 2016, Guillemette Odicino has been the producer of the summer show On s’fait des films at France Inter, where she is also a culture and cinema columnist. She also appears on the program «Le Cercle» on Canal + and Canal + Cinéma.
As a journalist, Marie Sauvion worked for a long time in the culture department of Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France, before taking over as editor-in-chief of the magazine Marie France until 2016. Now freelance, she is a columnist for Le Cercle on Canal +, producer on France Inter (Une bonne tasse d’été) and co-author of the documentary Cinéma par… Toledano et Nakache (Canal+, 2018).