Gilles Jacob, born 22 June 1930 in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, is a critic, essayist, filmmaker and personality in the world of French cinema. First managing director of the Cannes Film Festival, he became, in 2001, the President.
On the proposal of Michel d’Ornano, Minister of Culture, he was elected on September 30 1977, General Delegate of the Festival, responsible for thousands of movies to see and to choose candidates for the Palme d’Or. Regardless of the diplomatic risks on behalf of freedom of expression, the Festival broadcasted in 1978 as a “surprise film” Man of Marble, by Polish film director Andrzej Wajda, censored in his country as critical of the regime. Then, for his second selection, in 1979: Apocalypse Now, The Tin Drum, Hair, Prova d’orchestra and The Great Traffic Jam. During a quarter of a century, with Robert Favre le Bret and Pierre Viot as presidents, he opened Cannes film industries around the world, and chose to highlight filmmakers and actors rather… read more