Demier was appointed to replace Cayla Sept. 15
Cannes Film Festival attendees will be greeted by a new face at the top of the red carpet next year — freshman managing director Catherine Demier.
The newcomer was appointed Sept. 15, nearly three months after predecessor Veronique Cayla ankled to take the top slot at France’s powerful Centre National de la Cinematographie.
A senior civil servant, Demier, 43, beat the shortlisted Daniel Goudineau, former head of pubcaster France 5, to nab the post.
Few people outside cliquey French culture circles have ever heard of the fest’s new administrative manager, but she’s reputed to be an intellectual heavyweight — and she knows her way around Gaul’s arts establishment.
A former financial director of the same CNC that is now headed by Cayla, Demier also served two years as cinema adviser to former Culture Minister Catherine Tasca before rising to the rank of secretary general at the Cour des Comptes, France’s highest auditing council.
“Cannes is more than just a film festival; it is also a part of the French public service, and so Demier is eminently suitable to be its managing director,” opines a Gallic culture insider.