The director of “All about my mother” will preside over the next festival de Cannes.
Il will be the first Spanish president. The filmmaker Pedro Almodovar will preside over the jury of the Cannes film Festival in 2017, announced Tuesday the organizers in a press release. For this 70th festival, which will take place from 17 to 28 may, the one who won the prix de la mise en scene in 1999 with “All about my mother” is a successor to the director of the saga “Mad Max”, the Australian George Miller.
“I am very happy to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Cannes film Festival in this function if preferred. I am grateful, honored and I have stage fright !”, says Pedro Almodovar, quoted in the press release. “Being president of the jury is a big responsibility and I hope to be at the height of the circumstances. I can tell you that I will devote myself body and soul to this task, which is both a pleasure and a privilege,” he adds.
“For its 70th edition, the Festival de Cannes is proud to welcome a unique artist that enjoys immense popularity. His work was already recorded forever in the history of cinema. A long-fidelity unit, Pedro Almodovar at the festival,” said Festival president, Pierre Lescure, and its general delegate, Thierry Frémaux, cited in the press release. The Cannes film Festival will announce the composition of the jury in mid-April.
Five times in competition at Cannes for “All about my mother”, “Volver”, “Etreintes broken”, “The Skin I live in” and “Juliet” in 2016, Pedro Almodovar, 67 years old, has twice been rewarded with “All about my mother”, award of the stage, and “Volver”, best screenplay award and prize of collective interpretation for his actresses in 2006. The director of “high Heels” has already been member of the jury of the Cannes film Festival in 1992, under the chairmanship of Gérard Depardieu. The Palme d’or was won this year by “The best intentions” of the Danish director Bille August.
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Big movie buff, especially known for his portraits of women, Almoodovar, author of twenty feature films to the aesthetics of color, connects the films since the early 1980s. He has also won two Oscars for “All about my mother” and “Talk to her”. This lover of the films of Alfred Hitchcock and Luis Buñuel created a work of iconoclastic and startling, often provocative, crossing by the themes of sexual identity, of the relation mother-child, guilt, or secrecy. For the composer, he is surrounded by actresses that have become his muses, among them Penélope Cruz, Marisa Paredes, Rossy de Palma, Victoria Abril and Carmen Maura, and actors members, including Javier Bardem and Antonio Banderas. A leading Figure of the Movida Spanish, creative movement exuberant born in the early 1980s, after the dictatorship of Franco, Pedro Almodovar has gained international success with “Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown” (1988).