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President of the Jury of the 70th Festival de Cannes

The flamboyant icon of Spanish cinema and world-famous director and screenwriter Pedro Almodóvar is to be the next President of the Jury for the Festival International du Film de Cannes,

Beginning on 17th May and will be celebrating its 70th edition. Responding to the invitation of Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux, the filmmaker said:

Almodovar, 67

'I am very happy to be able to celebrate Festival de Cannes 70th anniversary from such a privileged position. 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 FESTIVAL DE CANNES WILL TAKE PLACE FROM WEDNESDAY 17 TO SUNDAY 28 MAY 2017. 

THE OFFICIAL SELECTION AND MEMBERS OF THE JURY WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MID-APRIL.

The Oscar winning writer and director, is famous for the works includes: 

  • "Julieta" 
  • "Bad Education" 
  •  "All About My Mother" 

Last year his film Julieta was a contender for Palm d'Or.

He had five of his movies shown in competition at the festival. Meanwhile, Pierre Lescure continue as President of the Festival de Cannes. As Cannes gears up for its 70th Festival, Pierre Lescure has just been unanimously re-elected President of the organising association.


In December 2016, the Board of Directors of the Association Française du Festival International du Film, which brings together public authorities and film industry professionals, renewed its trust in Pierre Lescure and re-elected him President of the Festival – a post he has occupied since July 2014.

This new three-year term will cover the period from 2018 to 2020, and ensures continuity in the governance of the Festival and its associated projects. As a journalist and co-founder of the Canal+ television channel, Pierre Lescure was President and CEO of the Canal+ group from 1994 to 2002.

Between 2008 and 2014, he was a producer and COO at the Théâtre Marigny. Since 2015 he has been Vice President at Molotov TV, the new television digital access platform. 

Thierry Frémaux, Delegate-General, will continue to manage the institution. He will notably be overseeing the official selection, which will be unveiled for the 2017 Festival in mid-April.
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