The actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg will preside over the 47th edition of the American film festival which takes place each year since 1975 in Deauville in Normandy, western France. The festival will be held from 3 to 12 September, the organisers announced on Tuesday.
"To lead all eyes in this exceptional year in many respects, we needed this international actress, now director," who lived in New York for several years, the Deauville organisers said in a statement.
Born in London on 22 July 1971, the daughter of British singer Jane Birkin and French composer Serge Gainsbourg began her career at the age of 13, and went on to win two Cesar awards.
The artist, who embodies "audacity" according to the organisers, was also awarded the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for Lars von Trier's Antichrist in 2009, before being named Female Artist of the Year at the Victoires de la musique in 2018.
Charlotte Gainsbourg has released five albums and has also acted in films by Franco Zeffirelli, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, Wim Wenders, Arnaud Desplechin, Eric Rochant, Riad Sattouf and Gaspar Noe.
In February, she said that she was working on her next album as well as opening her late father's mansion in Paris to the public "before the end of the year if possible".
The Deauville film festival has not yet unveiled its programme.