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European Director Nanni Moretti To Preside
Over the Jury of The 65th Festival De Cannes

Nanni Moretti
The 65th Festival de Cannes to be held May 16 to 27, 2012, will have as its President of the Jury Italian actor and director Nanni Moretti. On accepting the invitation, Nanni Moretti commented: "This is a real joy, an honor and a tremendous responsibility to preside over the jury of the most prestigious festival of cinematography in the world, a festival that is held in a country where film has always been treated with interest and respect. As a director, I was always very moved when my films were presented at the Festival de Cannes. I also have very happy memories of my experience as a jury member during the fiftieth anniversary season, and of the attentiveness and passion that went into the jury's viewing and discussion of all the films. As a spectator, fortunately I still have the same curiosity that I had in my youth and so it is a great privilege for me to embark on this voyage into the world of contemporary international film." The Italian actor and director has presented six films at the Festival de Cannes, including last year's highly praised Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope).

Gilles Jacob comented: "When we decided to put Ecce Bombo–a super 8 film!–into Competition when I first arrived in 1978, it was because I had a premonition that Nanni Moretti would soon become NANNI MORETTI. This is what happened and I am so gratified to have had this long and affectionate collaboration."

Thierry Frémaux added: "The Festival wanted to celebrate its 65th season with a European jury President. High-spirited and marked by his modernity and intelligence, Nanni Moretti's films are the incarnation of all the best in cinema over the past thirty years. His work is always evolving and continues to carry the promise of film that engages with the world and with our times."

Nanni Moretti was born in 1953 in Brunico, Italy. After a number of short films, he directed his first feature, Io Sono un Autarchico (I am Self Sufficient) in 1976, and in 1978, Ecce Bombo was selected for Competition in Cannes.

International film critics quickly appreciated the director whose corrosive wit was directed toward a subtle and political analysis of contemporary society. His films won several awards at festivals around the world: in 1981 in Venice the Special Jury Prize was awarded to Sogni d'Oro (Golden Dreams) and La Messa è finita (The Mass is Ended) won the Silver Bear in Berlin in 1986. Deemed a director in constant evolution, an auteur with a personal touch, and an accomplished artist, Nanni Moretti has continued to surprise, with Caro Diario (Dear Diary) presented in Competition at the Festival de Cannes in 1994 (Award for Best Director) and with La Stanza del figlio (The Son's Room), which won the Palme d'Or in 2001 and was a box office hit. Il Caimano (The Caiman), a film that harshly criticizes the aberrations of Italian political life in the era of Silvio Berlusconi, was presented in 2006. An iconic actor in most of his own films, Moretti has also played in the Taviani brothers' Padre Padrone (Father and Master) (1977), and worked with Luchetti, Mazzacurati and Calopresti.

A director, producer and distributor, Moretti founded the production company Sacher Film in 1986. In 1991, he opened the Nuovo Sacher cinema in Rome, a cinema dedicated to the release of films from around the world. Since 1996, he has directed the Sacher Festival devoted to short films.


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