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Pedro Almodóvar is President of the Jury of the 70th Festival de Cannes

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Pedro Almodóvar, icon of Spanish cinema, is to be the next President of the Jury for the Festival International du Film de Cannes, which begins on 17th May and will be celebrating its 70th edition.

He had this to say about it:

I am very happy to be able to celebrate the 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.

Almodovar, who succeeds George Miller as Cannes jury president, attended Cannes last year with Julieta. Five of Almodovar’s films have played in competition in Cannes: All About my Mother (“Todo Sobre Mi Madre”), Volver, Broken Embraces (“Los Abrazos Rotos”), The Skin I Live In, and Julieta. His Bad Education (“La Mala Educacion”) opened the festival in 2004.

The festival runs May 17-28. The official selection and members of the jury will be announced in mid-April.

Source: Festival de Cannes

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