Cate Blanchett will head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it has been confirmed.
The 48-year-old, who is a two-time Oscar winner and was among the women who recently launched the Time’s Up initiative against sexual harassment, will become the 12th woman to lead the panel at the prestigious festival, which kicks off on May 8.
She follows in the footsteps of last year’s president, Pedro Almodovar, whose jury gave the Palme d’Or to Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square”.
Blanchett, who won the 2014 Best Actress Oscar for her role in “Blue Jasmine”, as well as bagging the Supporting Actress award for “The Aviator”, said in a statement: “I have been to Cannes in many guises over the years; as an actress, producer, in the marketplace, the Gala-sphere and in Competition, but never solely for the sheer pleasure of watching the cornucopia of films this great festival harbours.”
She continued, “I am humbled by the privilege and responsibility of presiding over this year’s jury. This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story; that strange and vital endeavour that all people share, understand and crave.”
Pierre Lescure, Festival de Cannes president and Thierry Frémaux, general delegate, added: “We are delighted to welcome such a rare and unique artist whose talent and convictions enrich both screen and stage. Our conversations from this autumn tell us she will be a committed president, a passionate woman, and a big-hearted spectator.”