Cannes has nabbed itself a legendary director to head its jury, with Steven Spielberg signing up to be Jury President of the 66th Festival de Cannes.
Speaking to the official festival website, Spielberg revealed:
My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none. The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium.
Spielberg has presented several films at the festival over the years, including the world premiere of E.T. back in 1982. His 1974 movie, The Sugarland Express, also picked up the Best Screenplay prize.
Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival, revealed why Spielberg is the right man for the job:
Because of his films, and the many causes he holds dear, he’s year-in year-out the equal of the very greatest Hollywood filmmakers. We are very proud to count him among us.
He's obviously never seen Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (it's a low blow I know, but what ya gonna do?).
The festival runs between May 15th and May 26th this year.
Is Spielberg the right man to head the jury at Cannes? Which films are you looking forward to seeing premiere at the festival? Let me know what you think in the comments below.