Nanni Moretti named jury president at Cannes Film Festival

The Palme d'Or winning director hails appointment as "a joy, an honour and a great responsibility"

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Italian director and actor Nanni Moretti is to head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, organisers have announced.

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The acclaimed film-maker scooped the prestigious Palme d’Or award for The Son’s Room in 2001.

When announcing the selection, Cannes delegate general Thierry Fremaux said: “The Festival wanted to celebrate its 65th season with a European jury president.

“High-spirited and marked by his modernity and intelligence, Nanni Moretti’s films are the incarnation of all the best in cinema over the past 30 years.”

Moretti was named best director in 1994 for Dear Diary (Caro Diario), and has presented six films at the event, including last year’s comedy We Have a Pope (Habemus Papam) and the Berlusconi satire The Caiman (Il Caimano).

The 58-year-old, who previously served as a member of the jury at the 50th edition of the festival in 1997, said it was “a joy, an honour and a great responsibility” to be appointed as chair.

“As a director, I was always very moved when my films were presented at the Festival de Cannes.

“I also have very happy memories of my experience as a jury member during the 50th anniversary season, and of the attentiveness and passion that went into the jury’s viewing.

“As an audience member, I happily conserve the same curiosity I had in my youth… for me it’s a great privilege to embark on this journey into contemporary global cinema,” he said.

The Italian follows in the footsteps of Hollywood stars Robert De Niro, Tim Burton, Isabelle Huppert and Sean Penn, who have presided over the jury in previous years.

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The 11-day event starts on 16 May.