Directors: Vinterberg, Thomas–Dogme95 (The Celebration), Cannes Fest Jury Prexy

Thomas Vinterberg, the noted Danish director, scriptwriter and producer, will be this year’s President of the Jury for Un Certain Regard, Festival de Cannes Official Selection.

Born in Copenhagen in May 1969, Thomas Vinterberg received his training at the National Film School of Denmark, graduating in 1993 as the school’s youngest student.

His first short films Last Round (Sidste Omgang, 1993) and The Boy Who Walked Backwards (Drengen der gik baglæns) (Le garçon qui marchait à reculons, 1995) won awards at a number of festivals.

In 1995, he partnered with Lars Von Trier and other artists to create Dogme95, a cinematographic movement that aimed to return to formal austerity in film making.

In 1998, when he was discovered by the public at large with his feature film The Celebration (Festen), he received the Festival de Cannes Jury Prize from the President of the Jury, Martin Scorsese.

One year later, he returned to the Croisette to preside over the Short Film Jury.

In 2012, for the 65th edition of the Festival, he presented Jagten (The Hunt), which created a stir and for which lead actor Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award.

Considered as a young prodigy by the profession as a whole, the artistic range of Thomas Vinterberg is not limited only to film. He also made the video clip of the song The Day That Never Comes from the album Death Magnetic by the group Metallica.

He will succeed Tim Roth, last year’s President of the jury that awarded the top prize to the Mexican film After Lucia (Despues de Lucia), directed by Michel Franco.

The Prix Un Certain Regard will be awarded on Saturday 25 May, the day before the closing ceremony of the Festival.