Baloji and Emmanuelle Béart to Co-Chair Cannes Film Festival's Camera d'Or Jury

Cannes Film Festival appoints Belgian rapper Baloji and French actress Emmanuelle Béart as co-presidents of the prestigious Camera d'Or jury, recognizing the best first films and nurturing diverse, innovative voices in cinema.

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Baloji and Emmanuelle Béart to Co-Chair Cannes Film Festival's Camera d'Or Jury

Baloji and Emmanuelle Béart to Co-Chair Cannes Film Festival's Camera d'Or Jury

The Cannes Film Festival has announced that Belgian rapper and filmmaker Baloji and French actress Emmanuelle Béart will serve as co-presidents of the Camera d'Or jury for the 77th edition of the festival, taking place from May 14 to 25, 2024. The Camera d'Or award recognizes the best first film presented in the Official Selection and parallel sections of Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week.

Baloji made his directorial debut with 'Omen', which premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival and won the New Voice Prize in Un Certain Regard. Béart is a veteran French actress with over 60 film credits, including roles in 'Mission: Impossible', 'Nelly and Mr. Arnaud', and '8 Women'. The festival described Baloji and Béart as "free spirits with no limits, who rely on their art to achieve creative freedom."

This marks the fourth time the Camera d'Or jury has been co-chaired. Previous co-chairs include Françoise Fabian and Daniel Schmid in 1996, Marthe Keller and Géraldine Chaplin in 2002, and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne in 2006. The rest of the jury will be comprised of French representatives from the press, industry, and filmmakers' associations.

Baloji expressed his honor at being a "privileged witness to the vitality of newly arrived directors" and their inaugural works. Béart stated that a first film is about "the impossibility of doing anything other than digging into the depths of one's being" to find what cannot be kept quiet, describing it as a "deeply moving and terribly free birth."

Why this matters: The Camera d'Or is one of the most prestigious awards at Cannes, celebrating the best first films presented across the festival's sections. Past winners have gone on to become highly acclaimed filmmakers, including Jim Jarmusch, Jafar Panahi, and Steve McQueen. The selection of Baloji and Béart as co-chairs highlights the festival's commitment to recognizing diverse and innovative voices in cinema.

The Camera d'Or is designed to encourage young filmmakers and offer them a unique international showcase. Last year's winner was Pham Thien An for 'Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell'. Baloji and Béart will follow French actress Anaïs Demoustier, whose 2023 jury awarded the Camera d'Or to Pham. The 77th Cannes Film Festival aims to continue its tradition of discovering and celebrating the most promising new talents in world cinema.

Key Takeaways

  • Baloji and Emmanuelle Béart to co-chair 2024 Cannes Camera d'Or jury.
  • Camera d'Or recognizes best first film in Official Selection and parallel sections.
  • Baloji's directorial debut 'Omen' won New Voice Prize at 2023 Cannes.
  • Béart is a veteran French actress with over 60 film credits.
  • Camera d'Or aims to discover and celebrate promising new filmmaking talents.