Miller, the visionary director who dazzled Cannes audiences last year with “Mad Max: Fury Road,” will return to the Croisette to head the jury that will decide the winner of the Palme d’Or at the close of the festival. The news is the latest accomplishment for Miller, whose “Fury Road” is up for 10 Academy Awards this month.
“What an unmitigated delight!” said Miller in an official statement. “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’s career has been revitalized thanks to “Fury Road,” the fourth installment in his iconic “Mad Max” franchise, but it’s full of surprises, including heart-wrenching dramas such as “Lorenzo’s Oil” and brilliant family fare like “Babe” and “Happy Feet,” the latter of which won him the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. This will be the first time Miller heads the Cannes jury as president, though he has served on the jury in both 1988 (under president Ettore Scola) and 1999 (under president David Cronenberg).
Previous filmmakers to assume the role have been Joel and Ethan Coen (2015), Jane Campion (2014) and Steven Spielberg (2013). The 69th Cannes Film Festival takes place May 11-22.