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González Iñárritu, Cannes Film Festival 2019 president

Oscar-winning film director to lead this year's jury

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Ana Hernández | Cannes Editor | Published: 27 Feb 2019

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González Iñárritu, Cannes Film Festival 2019 president

Laureated Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu has been announced as the President of the Jury of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, which will take place on May 14th-25th 2019.

Famous for his critically acclaimed films '21 Grams', 'Babel', 'Birdman' or 'The Revenant', González Iñárritu was also the first Mexican person to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director. He has won four Academy Awards – in 2015 he took home the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for 'Birdman' while, the following year, he got Best Director for 'The Revenant'.

Speaking about being selected as President of the Cannes Film Festival, he declared: "Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career. I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honor of presiding over the Jury. Cinema runs through the veins of the planet and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility that we will assume with passion and devotion."