Robert De Niro Named President of Cannes Jury

7:17 AM PST 01/06/2011 by Rebecca Leffler
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Actor and director to head a nine-member jury for the May 11-22 festival on the French Riviera.

PARIS -- Robert De Niro will preside over the nine-member jury of the 64th annual Festival de Cannes, organizers said Thursday.

Fest organizers want to pay tribute not only to De Niro's extensive on-screen career, but also to his work with the Tribeca Film Festival which will fete its 10th anniversary this year.

"The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world," De Niro said of the honor.

The actor is no stranger to the Croisette, after presenting eight films at the Festival, two of which won the coveted Palme d'Or namely Taxi Driver in 1976 and The Mission 10 years later.

De Niro added: "Having served as president of the jury in the eighties twice, I know this isn't an easy task for me or my fellow jury members, but I'm very honored and happy to head the jury for this year's Cannes Film Festival."

After rising to fame with Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets in 1973 and Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part II in 1974, De Niro has become one of the world's most beloved actors with films like Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America, Scorsese's Goodfellas and Casino and Brian de Palma's The Untouchables in addition to more recent fare like Little Fockers which is currently showing at the Gallic box office.

De Niro was named best actor for Raging Bull in 1980 and best supporting actor for The Godfather Part II among several Oscar nominations.

De Niro has also made a name for himself behind the camera with A Bronx Tale in 1993 and The Good Shepherd in 2006. The 2011 Festival de Cannes will run May 11th – 22nd.

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