Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar has been named the next president of the jury for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, which begins on May 17 and will run through May 28, 2017.
The film maker said, “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 iconic film maker has an illustrious career that spans across 35 years and his 20 films range from From Pepi, Luci, Born to La Mancha to last year’s Julieta. Almodovar has worked with a range of actors including Penélope Cruz, Marisa Paredes, Antonio Banderas, Rossy de Palma, Javier Bardem, and Javier Cámara. Five of Almodovar films – All About My Mother, Volver, Broken Embraces, The Skin I Live In, and Julieta – have been selected “In Competition” in Cannes. The festival in 2004, opened with his Bad Education while the director himself featured on the poster of the 60th festival.
In a statement, Cannes executives Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux said, “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.”
The official selection and members of the jury will be announced in mid-April.