Steven Spielberg has been selected as the jury president for the 66th Cannes Film Festival. This confirms rumors that had been swirling over the past few weeks that a major American filmmaker would be getting the job, and indeed that's the case. It will be a bit of a homecoming for Spielberg, whose "Sugarland Express" played in competition all the way back in 1974, where the picture won Best Screenplay. Of course, he's a filmmaking icon around the world, and undoubtedly his presence is major boon for the fest. He'll be joined by the previously announced Jane Campion, who will head up the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury.
The Cannes Film Festival will run from May 15th to 26th. [RTL]