The Cannes Film Festival has announced that French actress Sabine Azéma will preside over the Caméra d’or jury this year, which honors the best first film at the festival.
Azéma won her first César award in 1985 for her role in Bertrand Tavernier’s “Un Dimanche à la Campagne,” which screened at Cannes that year. For years she collaborated with Alain Resnais, acting in nine of his films.
The rest of the jury includes director Delphine Gleize, actor Melvil Poupaud, Claude Garnier representing the AFC (French Association for Cinematographers), Didier Huck, representing the FICAM (Federation of Cinema, Audiovisual and Multimedia Industries), Yann Gonzalez, representing the SRF (Society of Film Directors) and Bernard Payen, representing the SFCC (French Union of Cinema Critique).
The Caméra d’or prize was created in 1978. All first films in the Official Selection (In Competition, Out of Competition and Un Certain Regard), during La Semaine de la Critique or the Directors’ Fortnight are eligible; a total of 26 films at the 2015 fest. Previous winners of the prize include Jim Jarmusch, Mira Nair, Naomi Kawase, Bahman Ghobadi and Steve McQueen.
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival begins on May 13.