New prez won't be chosen by Cannes festival
PARIS — Unifrance edged closer to finding a successor to the late prexy Daniel Toscan du Plantier — on Friday it elected three new members to the board of directors from which the topper will be chosen.
But the non-profit org that promotes Gallic cinema won’t announce a new prexy before the Cannes Film Festival in May.
French producers Margaret Menegoz (“Our Lady of the Assassins”), Humbert Balsan (“Divine Intervention”) and Michel Propper (“Laughter and Punishment”) have been elected to the board, replacing Toscan du Plantier and Christine Gouze-Renal, also deceased, as well as Denis Freyd, who ankled.
There were rumors that ex-Canal Plus topper Pierre Lescure and one-time Gallic culture minister Jack Lang were being considered for the post.
The other members are Philippe Carcassonne (“How I Killed My Father”), Jean-Claude Fleury (“Dance Challenge”) and Marie Masmonteil (“Bella Ciao”).
During his 15-year tenure, Toscan du Plantier, who died of a heart attack at the Berlin Film Festival Feb. 11, turned the post into one of the highest-profile jobs in French cinema.
Unifrance organizes the Yokohama French Film Festival, the European Meeting of French Cinema in Paris, and the New York Rendez-Vous.