With the awards season fresh in our minds and out of the way for 2013, the year’s big film festivals are already gearing up for the summer months. Steven Spielberg has already been named as president of the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. About time, right?
The veteran director who was the mastermind behind Hollywood classics like E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Saving Private Ryan and War Horse, is following in the footsteps of past jury presidents like Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood and Ingrid Bergman.
Spielberg won the Palme d’Or in 1974 for The Sugarland Express, but recalls his first ever Cannes Film Festival back in the 80s. “The memory of my first Cannes Film Festival, nearly 31 years ago with the début of E.T., is still one of the most vibrant memories of my career.
“For over six decades, Cannes has served as a platform for extraordinary films to be discovered and introduced to the world for the first time. It is an honour and a privilege to preside over the jury of a festival that proves, again and again, that cinema is the language of the world.”
You might be wondering why Steven Spielberg hasn’t headed the jury before now, considering his stellar contribution to the film industry. Well, as it turns out they haven’t forgotten him. He just hasn’t said yes – until now.
“I’ve often asked Steven to be jury president, but he’s always been shooting a film. So when this year I was told, ‘ET, phone home’, I understood and immediately replied, ‘At last!'” Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob said.
Yes, Spielberg fans put your pitchforks down. The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival, with Steven Spielberg heading the jury, will take place between 16th and 23rd May 2013. At last.