Miguel Gomes Head Cannes' Critics' Week

Film crix to choose from seven-film competish

PARIS — Cannes’ Critics’ Week has tapped Portuguese film journo-turned-helmer Miguel Gomes to preside over its Grand Prize jury.

The  jury, which comprises four film journalists, will vote for one of the seven films playing in competition.

“Making a name for himself in the industry with only three feature films (“The Face You Deserve,” “This Dear Month of August” and “Tabu”), Miguel Gomes embodies what (Critics’ Week) is about: discovering new (helmers) through their first or second feature film and showcasing their work on the international scene,” stated the org.

His latest film, “Tabu,” the Africa-set black-and-white story of an illicit love, played at Berlin to warm reviews and won two nods, the Fipresci and the Alfred Bauer prizes.

“As a director and president of a jury of international film critics, I aim to be very democratic and open,” said Gomes, who also mentioned he had just completed a short, and was preparing a new feature film.

Created in 1962, Critics’ Week will run May 16-24 during the Cannes Film Festival, which unspools May 15-26.

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