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Yousry Nasrallah to preside over Cannes Short Film Jury

The Egyptian helmer will be joined by Canadian-Tunisian actress and director Monia Chokri, along with Belgian director Laura Wandel, actor Félix Moati and film critic Jean-Claude Raspiengeas, who are both French.
Yousry Nasrallah to preside over Cannes Short Film Jury

This year's Cannes Short Film Jury will be tasked with selecting one of the 9 films in Competition for the Short Film Palme d’or, to be awarded at the Festival's Closing Ceremony on Saturday, May 28, 2022. Last year, the award went to Hong Kong director Tang Yi for her film All the Crows in the World.

The Jury will also award three La Cinef prizes to the best of the 16 films from film schools presented this year. The prizes will be awarded at a ceremony prior to the screening of the award-winning films on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

Yousry Nasrallah is a world-renowned Egyptian filmmaker who started out working with Youssef Chahine on Bonaparte in Egypt, with production company Misr International Films going on to produce his first films. Nasrallah then shot his first feature film Summer Thefts (which premiered in Cannes, at the Directors’ Fortnight) in 1988, followed up with The Mercedes (1993) which was selected at the Locarno Film Festival, On Boys, Girls and the Veil (1995), a documentary about Egypt’s youth, and The City (1999), which was awarded Locarno’s Special Jury Prize. His eponymous book-to-screen adaptation of Elias Khoury’s novel The Gate of Sun was in the Festival de Cannes’ Official Selection in 2004. He went on to film The Aquarium (2008) and Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (2009) which was screened at the Venice Film Festival. In 2011, his Interior/Exterior was included in 18 Days, an anthology of shorts screened at the Festival de Cannes in honour of Egypt's Arab Spring revolts. The following year he was back in the Official Selection, in Competition with After the Battle. His last film Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces was presented in Official Competition at the Locarno Film Festival in 2016.

Nasrallah said: "A producer once told me he was looking to make small low-budget films, and I immediately ran out. I have nothing against low-budget films, but they have to be big. I want to see the entire world in these films. More precisely, I want to see a world that I can only ever know through said film. A world that the director of this ‘low-budget film’ challenges, shares, embodies, discovers, and shapes for themselves. I know that the films that will be presented to us in this selection are films that will offer me a taste of the things to come in the next few years. In any case, I know I’ll be reconnected with this love for the world and for cinema that I felt at the age of 6, when I saw my first film. And it was BIG."

Monia Chokri began her career as a stage actress before meeting Xavier Dolan, with whom she filmed Heartbeats (selected for Un Certain Regard 2010) and Laurence Anyways (selected for Un Certain Regard 2012). Alongside her work as an actress, she shot her first short in 2013 with An Extraordinary Person, winning the Junior Jury Award for best international short at the 66th edition of the Locarno Film Festival. In 2019, she was back in Cannes with her first feature film, A Brother's Love, which scooped the Un Certain Regard Jury’s Coup de cœur Award. In 2022, she is presenting her second feature film as a director with Babysitter, which was selected in the Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight category.

This year's Festival de Cannes runs from May 17-28.

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