Rithy Panh, President of the Caméra d’or Jury

Revealed by the Festival in 1994 with his first fiction film, The Rice People, Cambodian director Rithy Panh will preside over this year’s Caméra d’or Jury.

“I’m so glad to come back to Cannes to preside over the Caméra d’or Jury this year. I remember my first time in Competition at the Festival de Cannes in 1994 with The Rice People. I remember the pride, the faith, the eagerness I felt during the making of the film. Shooting in Cambodia which was just getting back to peace, working with a Cambodian crew, doing a Khmer speaking film … but nothing could have stopped me! And there the Cambodian flag was fluttering above the Croisette… After a genocide and two decades of war, that piece of colored cloth, found in a market in Phnom Penh, was flapping in the wind and I told myself: ‘We ‘re not dead. We achieved something.’ I’m very much looking forward to discovering these first films, presented for their very first time.”

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