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De Niro Heads Cannes Jury

De Niro Heads Cannes Jury

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The 64th Cannes Film Festival jury president is two-time Palme d’Or-winner Robert De Niro, who has been starring in a lot of commercial comedies of late (see Little Fockers) and could use some overseas cred. (He’s starring opposite love interest Monica Belluci in the upcoming Italian comedy Age of Love.)

The Cannes Fest seeks to pay “tribute to the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011.” De Niro is ready for the task, he says:

“Having served as President of the Jury in the eighties twice, I know this isn’t an easy task for me or my fellow jury members, but I’m very honored and happy to head the jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.”

As De Niro describes it, he and his fellow jurors will choose “films that are represented in the world of film at its highest level, and these types of festivals help connect the international film community and have a lasting cultural impact.” Here’s indieWIRE.

Pictured: De Niro in his two Palme d’Or winning films, Taxi Driver (1976) and The Mission (1986).

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