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Steven Spielberg Chosen to Head Cannes Film Festival Jury

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Steven Spielberg will be heading the jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Festival organizers confirmed on Wednesday night that Spielberg will be the jury president at this year’s festival.

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

Spielberg has a long-standing relationship with Cannes Film Festival. His very first movie “Sugarland Express” won for best screenplay at the festival in 1974. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestial” celebrated its world premiere at Cannes in 1982, which served as the closing-night movie. “The Color Purple” was screened as a non-competition in 1986.

Gilles Jacob, the festival’s president, says he has been trying to get Spielberg to head the jury for a while now.

“But he’s always been shooting a film,” Jacob said. “So when this year I was told ‘E.T., phone home,’ I understood and immediately replied, ‘At last!’”

Cannes Film Festival will be taking place from May 15 to 26.

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