Alejandro González Iñárritu, the four-time Oscar-winning director, producer and screenwriter, has been selected as jury president of this year’s Cannes Film Festival in France.
“I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honor of presiding over the Jury,” Iñárritu said in a statement. “Cinema runs through the veins of the planet and this festival has been its heart… This is a true delight and a responsibility, and that we will assume with passion and devotion.”
In the same statement, festival president Pierre Lescure and general delegate Thierry Frémaux noted the importance of Iñárritu’s selection. “It is Mexican cinema that the Festival will be celebrating,” they said.
Iñárritu won best director in 2006 at Cannes for “Babel,” and Javier Bardem, star of the filmmaker’s “Biutiful,” won best actor in 2010 at the festival.