Oscar-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has been named president of the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
“A long and loyal friendship binds Pedro Almodovar to the festival, where he was a member of the jury under the presidency of Gérard Depardieu,” added Pierre Lescure, president of the festival, and Thierry Fremaux, delegate-general.
Five of Almodovar’s films have played in competition in Cannes: “All About my Mother” (“Todo Sobre Mi Madre”), “Volver,” “Broken Embraces” (“Los Abrazos Rotos”), “The Skin I Live In,” and “Julieta.” His “Bad Education” (“La Mala Educacion”) opened the festival in 2004.
“I am grateful, honored and a bit overwhelmed. I am aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury and I hope to be up to the job. I can only tell that I’ll devote myself, body and soul, to this task, that it is both a privilege and a pleasure,” Almodovar said in a prepared statement.