Recently announced is the appointment of beloved movie star Robert De Niro as president of the jury at this years Cannes Film Festival.
This years Cannes Film Festival will be the 64th and is scheduled to take place from 11th – 22nd May 2011.
De Niro himself needs no introduction. I’d struggle to find anybody with too many bad words to say about him. Two of his most famous films have won the Palme d’Or. Taxi Driver in 1976 and then again 10 years later with The Mission.
In 1980, Mr De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the brutal masterpiece, Raging Bull (1980), directed by Martin Scorsese. Also picking up the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1975 for The Godfather: Part II.
He is also co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, established in 2002 in response to the World Trade Centre attacks. Its aim to reinvigorate Manhattan and to showcase New York and a major film making centre.
So, this year he heads up a 9 person jury to ultimately decide on this years Palme d’Or winner. Last year cult director Tim Burton was calling the shots and the amazing film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the top prize…. who’s it going to be this year? I’m going to throw The Black Swan out there!