The countdown to Cannes 2012 begins with the Festival announcing the appointment of the president of the competition jury. For 2012, Italian director (and part-time actor) Nanni Moretti has been given the honours. Moretti is a festival regular, having presented six films at the festival since 1978.
Moretti is a familiar name for Italian cinemagoers, but only those who frequent their local art-house cinemas or the festival circuit in English speaking countries are likely to be familiar with his work, which includes Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope), Sogni d’Oro (Sweet Dreams), and La Messa è finita (The Mass is Ended).
Moretti described the appointment as "a real joy, an honour and a tremendous responsibility." He went on to say, " As a director, I was always very moved when my films were presented at the Festival de Cannes. I also have very happy memories of my experience as a jury member during the fiftieth anniversary season, and of the attentiveness and passion that went into the jury’s viewing and discussion of all the films.
As a spectator, fortunately I still have the same curiosity that I had in my youth and so it is a great privilege for me to embark on this voyage into the world of contemporary international film.”