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Cannes Names Oscar-Nominated ‘Timbuku’ Director Head of Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury

Cannes Names Oscar-Nominated 'Timbuku' Director Head of Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury

Abderrahmane Sissako’s pastoral political drama "Timbuktu" is among the five films vying for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this weekend. In May, the director will head up the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).

The Mauritania-born Sissako follows in the footsteps of inimitable directors Abbas Kiarostami, Jane Campion, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Martin Scorsese, and more, who’ve held this post.

Raised in Mali and trained in filmmaking in the Soviet Union, Abderrahmane Sissako’s films explore the complex relations between North and South as well as the fate of a much-beleaguered Africa.

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