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Four-time Academy Award winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has been chosen as the president of the Cannes Film Festival jury. He will head the Official Selection competition at the 72nd edition of the highly regarded festival.

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“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career,” said Inarritu in a statement. “I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honour 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.”

Pierre Lescure, Cannes President, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, are “delighted” that Inarritu accepted the invitation. “Not only is he a daring filmmaker and a director who is full of surprises, Alejandro is also a man of conviction, an artist of his time,” they said in a joint statement.

Cate Blanchett, who starred in Inarritu’s aforementioned “Babel,” served as jury president in 2018. Cannes takes place from May 14-25.

By Damilola Faustino

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