Steven Spielberg the Oscar-winning director of films such as Lincoln and Schindler’s List will be the jury president at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 15-26.

The American director is no stranger to the festival first appearing there five decades ago. His first film, Sugarland Express won best screenplay at Cannes in 1974 and his international hit E.T had its world premiere at the Croisette in 1982 as the closing-night film.

Spielberg who described his selection as an “honour and a privilege,” said: “My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none.”

Gilles Jacob, the festival president noted his delight that Spielberg had accepted the role saying it was not the first time the position had been offered to him. “But he’s always been shooting a film. So when this year I was told ‘E.T phone home,’ I understood and immediately replied, ‘At last!” Jacob explained.

Thierry Fremaux, the festival’s general delegate said: “Steven was able to make himself available this year to be the new jury president and when meeting him these last few weeks it has been obvious he’s excited about the job.

“Because of his many films and the many causes he holds dear, he’s year-in-year-out the equal of the very greatest Hollywood filmmakers.”

Spielberg’s latest film Lincoln was nominated for 12 awards at the Academy Awards ceremony two weeks ago. The director has previously won Oscars for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan.

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