Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett has been appointed Jury President at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which takes place 8th - 19th May.
Blanchett, an Australian actress who has won two Oscars for Best Actress (Blue Jasmine, 2014) and Best Supporting Actress (The Aviator, 2005), is "a rare and unique artist with talent and conviction", the Cannes Film Festival organisers have said.
As Jury President, she will lead a panel of film industry experts to award the most coveted prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, and most importantly the prestigious Palme d'Or, the influential Cannes award for Best Film.
Upon her appointment as Jury President, Blanchett commented: "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."
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