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Pierre Lescure Is New Cannes President Following 2014 Festival

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by Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
January 14, 2014 12:09 PM
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Pierre Lescure
Pierre Lescure
Gilles Jacob and Brad Pitt at Cannes 2011
Gilles Jacob and Brad Pitt at Cannes 2011

The Cannes Film Festival is seeing a changing of the guard. President Gilles Jacob, 83, will be leaving on July 1 of 2014, following the 67th fest, with Pierre Lescure taking over as the new president. Thierry Fremaux will continue as Cannes fest Director--the chief programmer of the festival. It will be strange indeed for Jacob not to be greeting each new film posse at the top of the Palais red carpet.

The election was held via secret vote, with Lescure being unanimously elected. His responsibilities begin on July 1. The fest's board of directors also appointed Gilles Jacob Honorary President of the Festival.

Our TOH! interview with Jacob is here.

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  • Annette | January 15, 2014 12:23 PMReply

    It is hard to imagine the Cannes Film Festival without Gilles Jacob, who has been such a quietly inspirational presence. Thinking back on his tenure of more than 30 years, I see him as a kind of Buster Keaton of festival management: chaos constantly swirling around him, he keeps a calm demeanor and steers a steady course ...

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