Actress and Director, Cate Blanchett has been named the jury president of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
The Australian actress in a statement said, “I have been to Cannes in many guises over the years; as an actress, producer, in the marketplace, the gala-sphere and in competition, but never solely for the sheer pleasure of watching the cornucopia of films this great festival harbours.”
“I am humbled by the privilege and responsibility of presiding over this year’s jury. This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story; that strange and vital endeavour that all peoples share, understand and crave.”
Blanchett is succeeding Spanish film director and screenwriter, Pedro Almodóvar who also expressed his delight at the news.
Cannes Film Festival president Pierre Lescure is also delighted with the latest news and is sure Blanchett will be a committed president.
“We are delighted to welcome such a rare and unique artist whose talent and convictions enrich both screen and stage. Our conversations from this autumn tell us she will be a committed president, a passionate woman and a big-hearted spectator.”
The 48-year-old actress last attended the festival in 2015, to promote the drama Carol. She went on to receive multiple awards for her leading role, including a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 8 through May 19.
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