It was last week when I had heard that a “big” American director would lead voters at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but I didn’t think the programmers would manage to grab the biggest of them all. (My mind went toward a return trip for Quentin Tarantino, actually.) Tweeted out by their official account is news that Steven Spielberg will be the 66th iteration’s Jury President, news that, admittedly, has little indication of how the festival will go — except, obviously, for the now-absolute guarantee that Jean-Luc Godard will go another time without showing his face. Thankfully, Goodbye to Language 3D is still sure to appear.
I like the decision pretty well: Spielberg has a love of the medium that few directors could be said to match, and his involvement will only bring further media attention to whatever occurs toward the end of May. (In the Cannes case, I see almost all coverage, particularly on larger-than-usual scales, as a positive.) We should also expect more from the festival in coming months; since it just so happens to be the best this planet has to offer, it’s something we’ll be sure to report on when made available.
Is Spielberg a good choice for Cannes?
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