“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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