Ronit Elkabetz, with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz, recently co-directed the 2015 Golden Globe nominee “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” Israeli’s official foreign Oscar submission which is still in theaters.
She will award three prizes: the Nespresso Grand Prize and the France 4 Visionary Award for feature films, and the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize for short films. Elkabetz broke out as an actress in “Or” by Keren Yedaya, which was selected at La Semaine de la Critique in 2004 and won the Caméra d’Or. In 2008 she came back to open La Semaine as the director of “7 Days,” the second film in a trilogy rounded out by 2014 Directors’ Fortnight entry “Gett.”
Cannes Critics’ Week offers a lavish week of exposure for first and second-time filmmakers. Last year’s entry “It Follows” is doing quite nicely at the box office right now. This year, Elkabetz’s jury will include Katell Quillévéré (film director), Peter Suschitzky (director of photography), Andréa Picard (TIFF programmer) and Boyd van Hoeij (journalist).