Judges will decide Nespresso, Nikon Discovery prizes

PARIS French director Bertrand Bonello and Portuguese helmer Joao Pedro Rodrigues will serve as jury presidents at the 51st Cannes’ Critics Week.

Bonello will preside over the Grand Prize Nespresso Jury of four international film journos, who will award one of the seven features playing in competition.

His “The Pornographer” played in Critics’ Week in 2001 and nabbed the Fipresci nod. His most recent film, “House of Tolerance,” played in the Official Competition section at Cannes last year.

Rodrigues will preside over the Nikon Discovery Jury, which will honor the best short in Critics’ Week.

One of his best-known films is Un Certain Regard player “To Die Like a Man” in 2009.

The 2012 edition — French critic Charles Tesson’s first outing as artistic director — is comprised of mainly non-English-language feature debuts.

Prizes will be awarded during the sidebar’s closing ceremony on May 24.

In a separate move, Gallic director Celine Sciamma, whose soph pic “Tomboy” was a critical and sales hit at Berlin last year, will preside over a jury of four student or young professional film writers who will award a new Critics’ Week kudo, the Prix Revelation France 4.

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