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Steven Spielberg to head Cannes jury (2013)

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Story by Jack Foley

STEVEN Spielberg is to lead the 2013 Cannes Film Festival jury, it has been announced.

This year’s event runs from May 15 to 26 and the jury will be responsible for handing out its top prize, the coveted Palme d’Or.

Spielberg, who recently directed his latest leading man Daniel Day-Lewis to Oscar-winning success in Lincoln, said it was “an honour and a privilege” to have been selected.

“My admiration for the steadfast mission of the festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none,” he continued.

“For over six decades, Cannes has served as a platform for extraordinary films to be discovered and introduced to the world for the first time.”

Spielberg has presented several films at Cannes during his 40-year, 27 film career, including his first film Sugarland Express, which was selected in 1974 and won best screenplay.

ET was also presented as the festival’s closing film in 182 and was the very last festival screening shown in the former Palais Croisette theatre.

Announcing Spielberg’s selection, Thierry Fremaux, of the festival’s organising committee, said: “Because of his films, and the many causes he holds dear, he is year-in year-out the equal of the very greatest Hollywood filmmakers. We are very proud to count him among us.”

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