Robert DeNiro has been named as the president of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Jury. This will be the actor’s third time serving as president of a Cannes jury, having presided over two juries back in the 1980’s. Speaking about being selected as president, DeNiro had this to say:
The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world. Having served as president of the jury in the eighties twice, I know this isn’t an easy task for me or my fellow jury members, but I’m very honored and happy to head the jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
No stranger to the festival as a competitor, DeNiro’s films Taxi Driver and The Mission have both won the coveted Palme d’Or prize at the festival in the past. DeNiro himself started the Tribeca Film Festival ten years ago as a way to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking hub. The 2011 Cannes Film Festival will take place May 11th – 22nd.