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Pierre Lescure Is New Cannes President Following 2014 Festival

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 14, 2014 at 12:09PM

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.
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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.

This article is related to: Festivals, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes


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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.