Jacques Doillon (President of the International Jury), born in 1944 in Paris, is one of the most esteemed French auteur filmmakers, as well as a producer, scriptwriter, editor and actor. He began as a documentary film editor in the 1960s and made his debut feature impregnated with the spirit of May ‘68, L'An 01 (1973) together with Alain Resnais. Praised by François Truffaut, in 1975 he shot Un sac de billes thanks to his support. Renowned for his intimate and personal films focused on the complexities of romance and many childhood-oriented works, he has directed films such as La drôlesse (1979, Young Cinema Award at Cannes FF), La pirate (1984), La vengeance d’une femme (1990), Le jeune Werther (1993, Blue Angel Award at the Berlinale) or Ponette (1996, FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice FF). In his forty-year-long career, he has directed more than 30 films, helped launch the careers of actresses such as Juliette Binoche, Sandrine Bonnaire, and Charlotte Gainsbourg, and has also worked with renowned actresses like Jane Birkin and Isabelle Huppert. His latest film, Rodin (2017), about the famous French sculptor featuring Vincent Lindon in the lead role, was his third film to be selected in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival.