Mexican director to head Cannes jury

Iñárritu “humbled and delighted” by appointment

by Richard Mowe

Alejandro González Iñárritu … "true delight and responsibility”
Alejandro González Iñárritu … "true delight and responsibility” Photo: Brigitte Lacombe

Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu has just been named President of the Jury of the 72nd Festival de Cannes.

Delighted at the news, Iñárritu, who made Babel and Amores Perros, declared “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 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, President of the Festival de Cannes, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate, are delighted that the filmmaker has accepted their invitation: “It is very rare for Alejandro G Iñárritu to agree to take part in a jury, and this is the first time that the Festival de Cannes Jury is to be chaired by a Mexican artist. Cannes embraces all types of cinema, and through the presence of the director, it is Mexican cinema that the Festival will be celebrating.”

“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. We are always happy to welcome him on the Croisette and, in 2017, have been particularly proud to present "Carne y Arena" (Virtually present, Physically invisible) into the Official Selection, a virtual reality installation that addressed the question of migrants with great strength and humanity.”

Iñárritu succeeds Cate Blanchett, Jury President last year whose jury awarded the Palme d’or to Shoplifters by Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu.

The Festival de Cannes 2019 will take place from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 25 May.

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