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Iconic Spanish director and screenwriter and longtime festival favorite Pedro Almodovar has been named president of the jury for the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.
Almodovar’s films have been in the running for the coveted Palme d’Or five times. He succeeds Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller as jury president.
Responding to the announcement, Almodovar said: “I am very happy to be able to celebrate Cannes Film Festival’s 70th anniversary from such a privileged position. I am grateful, honored and a bit overwhelmed. I am aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury, and I hope to be up to the job. I can only tell that I’ll devote myself, body and soul, to this task, that it is both a privilege and a pleasure.”
Festival president Pierre Lescure and delegate-general Thierry Frémaux said they were “delighted to welcome” Almodovar, describing him as a “unique and hugely popular artist.” They added that the appointment cements Cannes’ close relationship with the director, who also served as a member of the jury under the presidency of Gerard Depardieu.
Five of Almodovar’s films (All About My Mother, Volver, Broken Embraces, The Skin I Live In, and Julieta) have been selected in the festival competition. In 2004, Bad Education opened the festival, and Almodovar himself was featured on the poster for the 60th edition of Cannes.
The Official Selection and the other members of the jury will be announced in mid-April.
The Cannes Film Festival begins May 17.
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