Pedro Almodovar

Cate Blanchett to head Cannes film festival jury

Australian actress and campaigner against sexual harassment Cate Blanchett will head this year's Cannes film festival jury, organizers said Thursday.

In a statement, top Cannes officials Pierre Lescure and Thierry Fremaux expressed their delight in welcoming "such a rare and unique artist whose talent and convictions enrich both screen and stage."

A two-time Academy award winner, Blanchett follows Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, who headed the 70th edition of the festival last year. This year's star-studded event on the French Riviera will take place from May 8-19.

The appointment of Blanchett, 48, comes months after she expressed her support to the dozens...

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