Organisers of the Cannes Film Festival have announced that the jury this year will be headed by none other than director Steven Spielberg.
At first glance, one of the most commercially successful film makers of all time might seem like an ill fit for the festival, which traditionally fetes more cerebral cinematic works than Jurassic Park, say. However, many of Spielberg’s films have been screened at Cannes, dating back to the early 70s, when he won the screenwriting prize for Sugarland Express. Since then, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and The Color Purple have also seen their European premieres take place near the city’s famous Boulevard de la Croisette.
“The memory of my first Cannes Film Festival, nearly 31 years ago with the debut of E.T., is still one of the most vibrant memories of my career,” Spielberg said in an official press release. “For over six decades, Cannes has served as a platform for extraordinary films to be discovered and introduced to the world for the first time. It is an honor and a privilege to preside over the jury of a festival that proves, again and again, that cinema is the language of the world.”
As the head of the jury, Spielberg will have a hand in awarding films, technicians and performers that are playing in competition. The only prize that everyone has their eyes on, however, is the coveted Palm d’Or.
One of the busiest and most glamorous events on the showbiz calendar, the Cannes Films Festival will run from from May 15 – 16 this year.
Not that it matters to us. We weren’t invited. *sniff*