According to Variety, Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is the president of the Cannes Film Festival jury. In addition, he will be the first Mexican to serve as jury president. Inarritu has a previous history with Cannes which began when “Amores Perros” premiered in 2000. Also, his virtual reality experience, “Carne y Arena,” screened at Cannes a few years ago.
Inarritu said this in a statement:
“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career. I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honor of presiding over the jury. Cinema runs through the veins of the planet, and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility that we will assume with passion and devotion.”
As part of his history with the festival, he won Best Director for “Babel” back in 2006. In addition, “Biutiful” won Best Actor for Javier Bardem who went on to score an Oscar nomination. But “Amores Perros,” the film that began his history, world premiered on Cannes Critics’ Week and won the Grand Prize. It is also the film that launched Inarritu’s career.
Thierry Fremaux, artistic director of Cannes, and festival president Pierre Lescure, offered up their own statement:
“Cannes embraces all types of cinema, and through the presence of ‘Babel’s’ director, it is Mexican cinema that the festival will be celebrating.”
Along with his Cannes history, Inarritu has his fair share of Oscar pedigree. His films “Birdman” and “The Revenant” became awards heavyweights. He even won back-to-back Directing Oscars for both pictures. Plus, “Carne y Arena” won a special Academy Award back in 2017.
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The 72nd Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 14 to 25.
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