Last week, the Cannes Film Festival announced the President of the Jury for its 72nd edition. Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu will preside the still unknown jury following Cate Blanchett. The Cannes Film Festival will be held from the 14 to the 25 of May 2019.
On the Festival’s website Iñárritu said:
“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, he has declared. 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.”
It is the first time that the jury of the Cannes Film Festival will be chaired by a Latin American filmmaker.
Iñárritu made his feature directorial debut with “Amores Perros”, a film that tells three different stories connected by a car accident in Mexico City. It won the Prize of the Critic's Week at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. It is also the first film in his “Trilogy of Death”.
His next film in his trilogy is “21 Grams” with Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. It again intertwines three different stories told in a nonlinear way. The film was well-received and earned Naomi Watts and Benicio del Toro an Oscar nomination for their performances.
“Babel” finishes the trilogy. The film connects four interlacing stories in different continents and different languages. It earned seven Oscars nominations, and Iñárritu won Best Director at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Iñárritu next film “Biutiful is his second film in Spanish. Javier Bardem plays a conflicted father trying to make a living in the underground of modern Barcelona. Bardem won Best Actor at Cannes in 2010.
In 2014, “Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” won Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the 87th Academy Awards. The film tells the story of a forgotten superhero actor who tries to make his comeback by mounting a Broadway play.
The next year, Iñárritu won his second Oscar for Best Director for “The Revenant”, a movie about an explorer who tries to survive after being attacked by a bear. This film earned Leonardo DiCaprio the Oscar for Best Actor.
In 2017, Iñárritu returned to the Cannes Film Festival with the first ever VR installation “Carne y Arena”. The project puts the viewer in the steps of immigrants at the Mexican border.
Iñárritu’s impressive career makes him an excellent choice to preside the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.