Greta Gerwig, Jury President of the 77th Cannes Film Festival

Dec 20, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: Festival de Cannes.

A heroine of our modern times, Greta Gerwig shakes up the status quo between a highly codified cinema industry and an era that is demanding greater expansiveness. And she’s a cinephile. “I love films – I love making them, I love going to them, I love talking about them. As a cinephile, Cannes has always been the pinnacle of what the universal language of movies can be. Being in the place of vulnerability, in a dark theatre filled with strangers, watching a brand-new film is my favorite place to be. I am stunned and thrilled and humbled to be serving as the president of the Cannes Film Festival Jury. I cannot wait to see what journeys are in store for all of us!”

In less than fifteen years, Greta Gerwig has gained recognition in american and worldwide cinema. Originally from Sacramento, California, but a New Yorker by adoption, she who dreamed of being a playwright has crafted her own path, with both consistency and a taste for risk, toward the heights of brilliance.

Yesterday, ambassador of independent American cinema, today at the summit of worldwide box-office success, Greta Gerwig manages to combine what was previously judged to be incompatible: delivering arthouse blockbusters, narrowing the gap between art and industry, exploring contemporary feminist issues with deft as well as depth, and declaring her demanding artistic ambition from within an economic model that she embraces in order to put to better use.

Whether acting, writing, or directing, her artistic endeavours have recurrent leitmotifs, such as family upheaval, adolescent rites of passage, fear of loss of social status or the emergence of artistic vocation via characters that are free, sometimes fragile and marginal, but also fierce.

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