Steve Spielberg To Head Cannes Jury

February 28, 2013


With a break in his schedule now that he's made peace with the robots, Steven Spielberg is headed to Cannes, where now he'll be the judge of what is or isn't boring compared to an edge-of-your-seat airport chase.

He'll reportedly head the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival, serving as president for the competition's 66th edition, which this year runs from May 15 to the 26th. In a statement, Spielberg said:

"My admiration for the steadfast mission of the festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none. The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross-cultural and generational medium."

It will be his first time presiding but Spielberg has a long history with the esteemed event, his first directorial feature, The Sugarland Express, screening and winning Best Screenplay in 1974; six years later, E.T. would have its premiere at Cannes, while The Color Purple closed the festival in 1986, and in 2005, Spielberg was honored with seeing The Terminal available with French subtitles in his hotel.

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