Quentin Tarantino to head Cannes jury ? The ''Kill Bill'' director will preside at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival

By Brian Hiatt
Updated February 15, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

It’ll be hard to get a word in edgewise when the jury convenes at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival: The verbose Quentin Tarantino will be its leader. Tarantino, whose ”Pulp Fiction” won the Palme d’Or award at Cannes in 1994, will be the president of this year’s jury, according to Reuters. ”For a film director and film lover, there is no greater dream than to be a member of the Cannes jury,” Tarantino said in a statement, according to the wire service.

”To be president is a fantastic honor and at the same time a huge responsibility,” Tarantino continued. ”For me, it’s the crowning moment of an existence entirely devoted to cinema.” The festival will run from May 12 to May 23 in southern France. Tarantino’s ”Kill Bill — Vol. 2” opens April 16 — which will give him something else to talk about.