PARIS — Israeli filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz will serve as president of Cannes’ Critics Week, the festival’s sidebar dedicated to first and second films from up-and-coming helmers.
Elkabetz’s jury — made up of French director Katell Quillévéré (“Suzanne”); Peter Suschitzky, a cinematographer; Andréa Picard, Toronto film fest programmer; and Boyd van Hoeij, a film critic — will hand out three awards, the Nespresso Grand Prize, the France 4 Visionary kudo for feature films and the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize for short films.
An actress-turned-director, Elkabetz presented her latest film, “Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” at Directors’ Fortnight. The movie, in which she had the leading role, was also nominated for a foreign-language Golden Globe.
Critics’ Week revealed Elkabetz in Keren Yedaya’s “Or,” which world premiered at Critics Week and won the Caméra d’Or. She was back at Critics’ Week in 2008 with her film “7 Days (Shiva).”
Critics’ Week will take place May 14-22.