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Cannes Watch: Brazilian Auteur Carlos Diegues to Head Caméra d’or Jury

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 27, 2012 at 12:11PM

The Cannes Fest has appointed Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Diegues as president of the Caméra d’or jury which picks the best first feature from the Cannes programme. Launched in 1978, the Camera d'or is culled from the Competition, Out of Competition and Un Certain Regard, La Semaine de la Critique or Directors' Fortnight.
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Carlos Diegues
Carlos Diegues

The Cannes Fest has appointed Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Diegues as president of the Caméra d’or jury which picks the best first feature from the Cannes programme. Launched in 1978, the Camera d'or is culled from the Competition, Out of Competition and Un Certain Regard, La Semaine de la Critique or Directors' Fortnight – a total of 22 films in 2012.

Diegues' jury members are Italian journalist Gloria Satta of Il Messaggero, Rémy Chevrin, representing the French Association of Film Cinematographers, Hervé Icovic, on behalf of the Federation of of Cinema, Audiovisual and Multimedia Industries, Michel Andrieu, representing the Society of Film Directors and Francis Gavelle, for the French Union of Film Critics.

Bong Joon-Ho, Gael García Bernal, Roschdy Zem and Abbas Kiarostami are among the former camera d'Or jury presidents. The Prize will be awarded by the President of the Jury, Carlos Diegues, at the Closing Ceremony on Sunday 27th May.

When Diegues studied law in Rio de Janeiro he started running film clubs. He became a film critic and directed short films imbued with social realism. A pioneer of Cinéma Novo with Glauber Rocha, Diegues' first feature films "Ganga Zumba" (1964) and "The Big City" (1966) were political consciousness raisers, followed by "The Heirs"(1969) and hits "Joanna Francesca" (1973) starring Jeanne Moreau and Xica da Silva (1976) and "Summer Showers" (1978) and three Official Selections at Cannes: "Bye Bye Brasil" (1980), "Quilombo" (1984) and "Subway to the Stars" (1987). The filmmaker's exploration of popular culture continued with "Rio’s Love Song" (1994) and "Orfeu" (1999). In 2006, "The Greatest Love of All" won the Best Film Award at the Montreal Festival.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.