Jean-Jacques Annaud visits Sofia for CineLibri

Jean-Jacques Annaud

Jean-Jacques Annaud, a legend of European cinematography, will sit as the honorary chairman of the jury at this year's edition of CineLibri, the organisers of the film festival for literary adaptations announced. The renowned French director, screenwriter and producer is expected to personally reveal the Grand Prix winner as part of an award ceremony to be held on 24 October. The event will be accompanied by the press launch of Annaud's book Une Vie pour Le Cinema, which is making its Bulgarian debut, and a screening of his film The Lover, based on the Marguerite Duras's novel.

Annaud is among the few European directors with a successful international career, decorated with some of the world's most prestigious awards over a span of five decades. His body of work includes a long history of literary adaptations, including Quest for Fire, The Name of the Rose, The Bear, The Lover, Seven Years in Tibet, and Wolf Totem.

The other members of the jury, some of whom will be involved in the process virtually, are actress Snezhina Petrova, who heads the Theatre Department at New Bulgarian University; Milko Lazarov, producer and director of films like Aga and Alienation; Santiago Amigorena, an Argentinian author and screenwriter; Babis Makridis, a director and producer from Greece; and Finish master of cinema Mika Kaurismaki.

The sixth edition of CineLibri will take place from 18 October until 8 November in Sofia and seven other cities around the country under the slogan Sentimental Education. The programme features 45 films, the majority of which will have their national and international premieres at the festival. Seven films inspired by famous literary works will compete for the Grand Prix for Best Literary Adaptation. The segment dedicated to them is called If People Thought the Same Way, There Would Be No Competitions.

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