Claude Lelouch, the acclaimed French director who twice won an Oscar, will preside over the jury of the 15th edition of the Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival, which takes place from February 26 to March 3, 2018.
Conceived and directed by Ezio Greggio, the Monte-Carlo Film Festival was the first event dedicated to comedy. This year, it will take place entirely at the Grimaldi Forum where projections, masterclasses with the most beloved protagonists of international cinema, both Italian and French, and other happenings will culminate with the usual Gala evening and award ceremony on Saturday, March 3.
"It is an honour for us that Lelouch has accepted our invitation to preside over the Jury. It will be among other things a welcome return to Monaco at my Festival, having rewarded him for his career a few years ago,"Ezio Greggio said. "Lelouch is an icon of the history of contemporary cinema."
Director, screenwriter and producer Claude Lelouch has a long and rich film biography that started in 1966 with “Un homme et une femme" (A man and a Woman) starring Anouk Aimee and Jean Louis Trintignant, which won numerous awards including the Palme d'Or at Cannes and two Oscars for Best Foreign Film and for Best Original Screenplay.
Among his most famous films are Parliamo delle mia donne (2014), Roman de gare (2007), and I Miserabili (1995), based on the famous novel by Victor Hugo, a film for which he won a Golden Globe.
The Monte-Carlo Film Festival aims to promote and disseminate the various genres of comedy through film previews both in competition and out of competition.
The festival is a unique showcase on the international scene for a genre loved by the public, but usually considered "minor" by critics, which thanks to the commitment of Ezio Greggio and the late Mario Monicelli, co-founder of the Festival, has in fact revalued comedy in other international festivals such as Cannes, Rome and Venice.
The event has always been held under the High Patronage of Prince Albert and of the Italian Embassy.