Cannes Film Festival 2016: George Miller tapped to head jury
Mad Max maestro George Miller will lead the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, organizers announced Tuesday.
The appointment comes as the Australian filmmaker’s Mad Max: Fury Road is up for 10 awards at this month’s Oscars, including Best Picture.
“What an unmitigated delight! To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of cinematic treasures from all over the planet. To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honor. I’ll be there with bells on!” Miller said in a statement.
Fury Road screened out of competition at the French festival last year, before heading on to earn critical raves and big box office dollars.
Miller’s first Mad Max rode into cinemas in 1979, with Mel Gibson in the starring role, followed by Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior in 1981, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985, and Fury Road (with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron) in 2015. His other film credits include The Witches of Eastwick, Lorenzo’s Oil, and the animated films Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2.
“Throughout his career, George Miller has constantly experimented with a variety of genres, brilliantly reconciling mass audience expectations and the highest artistic standards,” the festival said in Tuesday’s announcement.
The 2016 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 11-22.