And what a fitting way to honour their 70th year by appointing cinema treasure Pedro Almodóvar to the Jury President’s chair. Cannes Film festival, you’ve done a solid to yourselves. Almodóvar, Spain’s most prolific film maker, has written and directed 34 films and won over 120 awards across a career spanning 43 years. His films include All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Julieta, The Skin I Live In, Bad Education, Broken Promises, Tie Me Up Tie Me Down, and Volver.
Cannes executives Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux stated:
“For its 70th edition, the Festival de Cannes is delighted to welcome a unique and hugely popular artist. His works have already carved out an eternal niche in the history of film. A long and loyal friendship binds Pedro Almodóvar to the Festival, where he was a member of the Jury under the presidency of Gérard Depardieu.”
“I am grateful, honoured 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.”
THE 70TH ANNUAL CANNES FILM FESTIVAL runs 17 – 28 MAY, 2017 in CANNES, FRANCE