Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ‘honoured’ to be first Latin American Cannes Film Festival jury president

Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is honoured to lead this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury after learning he’s not only the first Mexican president, but the first Latin American. The Birdman and The Revenant director will oversee the competiti…

Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is honoured to lead this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury after learning he’s not only the first Mexican president, but the first Latin American.

The Birdman and The Revenant director will oversee the competition at the annual film spectacular, which began on Tuesday (14May19), alongside the likes of Elle Fanning and fellow filmmakers Yorgos Lanthimos and Paweł Pawlikowski, and he’s thrilled to be making history.

“I found out… that I’m the first Latin American person (to lead the jury), which is shocking,” he tells Deadline. “The whole zone has been dismissed for 72 years. Ultimately, I feel honoured and it’s a privilege. The honour is even bigger, because of that reason.”

But he admits he is going to struggle to judge his peers’ films over the next 10 days.

“It was not easy for me to accept being the president of the jury,” he explains. “It feels strange to me, to be judging films, and filmmakers I like a lot, and being on the other side of that.

“One of the things that made me realise it was time for me to do it was realising it was 20 years ago, in 2000, when I brought my first film, Amores Perros here. I ended up winning the Critics Week. Then it was Babel, then Biutiful, with Javier Bardem named Best Actor, then Carne Y Arena. My professional life has been in a way very close to Cannes.

“This to me was a way to honour a festival that has been the heartbeat of cinema in the world. And being the first Mexican and just finding out, also the first Latin American, I couldn’t say no. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse for emotional, professional and many other reasons.”

It’s not the first time he had been a jury member at a major festival – he was among the judges at the Venice Film Festival in Italy 11 years.

“Zhang Yimou was the president… and I found myself surrounded with amazing colleagues who formed the jury. To be surrounded here in the same ways, and watch films together for 10 days, sharing our perception, emotion and what hit us, and learning from each other’s sensibilities… I feel like a monkey in a fruit store. It’s fantastic.”

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu named president of Cannes Film Festival jury

Oscar-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has been appointed the jury president of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The Birdman filmmaker, the first Mexican to be given the prestigious position, will head up the jury, to be comprised of members…

Oscar-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has been appointed the jury president of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

The Birdman filmmaker, the first Mexican to be given the prestigious position, will head up the jury, to be comprised of members of the movie industry, and help decide what film competing in the official selection should win the coveted Palme d’Or.

“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career,” Inarritu said in a statement. “I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honour of presiding over the Jury. Cinema runs through the veins of the planet and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility, that we will assume with passion and devotion.”

Pierre Lescure, festival president, and Thierry Fremaux, artistic director, said they are “delighted” that Inarritu, who won back-to-back Best Director Oscars for 2015’s Birdman and 2016’s The Revenant, had accepted their invitation.

“Not only is he a daring filmmaker and a director who is full of surprises, Alejandro is also a man of conviction, an artist of his time,” they said in a joint statement.

The 55-year-old’s relationship with Cannes dates back to 2000, when his debut feature Amores Perros premiered there, and he most recently went back in 2017 as his virtual reality experience Carne y Arena (Flesh and Sand) was selected for the competition.

Inarritu follows in the footsteps of his Babel star Cate Blanchett, who served as president in 2018 and awarded the Palme d’Or to Shoplifters with the help of jury members including Ava DuVernay and Kristen Stewart.

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival runs between 14 and 25 May (19).

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Kate Hudson to star in fantasy film Blood Moon

Kate Hudson is set to star in upcoming fantasy film Blood Moon.The actress, who welcomed a daughter named Rani Rose with her boyfriend Danny Fujikawa earlier this month (Oct18), has signed on for a leading role in the movie, according to editors at Dea…

Kate Hudson is set to star in upcoming fantasy film Blood Moon.

The actress, who welcomed a daughter named Rani Rose with her boyfriend Danny Fujikawa earlier this month (Oct18), has signed on for a leading role in the movie, according to editors at Deadline.

To be helmed by writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour, Blood Moon will tell the story of a girl with unusual powers who escapes from a mental asylum and tries to make it on her own in New Orleans.

Actor Craig Robinson, perhaps best known for his role as Darryl Philbin in the U.S. version of The Office, has been cast in the flick as well, and Zac Efron is in talks for an undisclosed part.

No other casting details have been announced, though production is due to begin in spring 2019 – giving Kate time to complete her maternity leave.

John Lesher, who won an Oscar for his role in making 2014 movie Birdman, is onboard to produce Blood Moon and has praised Los Angeles-based filmmaker Lily’s concept.

“Lily’s unique vision and poetic style sets her apart from the pack,” he told Deadline. “She is truly one of the most exciting filmmakers working today.”

Lily made her feature debut with drama-horror A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night in 2014 and has since directed episodes of TV shows such as Legion and Castle Rock.

Meanwhile, Kate was last seen onscreen as Eleanor Strubing in biographical drama Marshall. The star, who is also mother to sons Ryder, 14, and seven-year-old Bing from previous relationships, will appear in singer Sia’s forthcoming movie Music too, which details the story of a sober drug dealer and their disabled sister.

And Zac is currently in the post-production phases of Matthew McConaughey comedy The Beach Bum as well as Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a biographical film about the crimes of serial killer Ted Bundy.

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Andrea Riseborough created film production company to support women

Oblivion star Andrea Riseborough is hoping to shake up Hollywood with her female-run production company. The British actress, who has also appeared in Battle of the Sexes and Birdman, launched Mother Sucker after growing tired of the roles she was bei…

Oblivion star Andrea Riseborough is hoping to shake up Hollywood with her female-run production company.

The British actress, who has also appeared in Battle of the Sexes and Birdman, launched Mother Sucker after growing tired of the roles she was being offered.

Andrea tells Rogue magazine, “There’s a very narrow version of women in film, who are either chaste, pure and irrepressibly good, or are hyper sexualized. (They’re) just very boring stereotypes of women.”

And rather than sit back and wait for a good role to come along, Riseborough became pro-active and decided to start her own production company.

“I was motivated by there not being any female producers or female storytellers, but also because I wanted to create work and set up an environment in which I can help them do that and support other women who work on what they want to see,” the new movie mogul explains.

A fierce feminist, the actress was among the stars who offered up their support to Hollywood’s Time’s Up and #MeToo movements – and to the victims of harassment and abuse in Tinseltown – by wearing black to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards in February (18).

She also supported the actions of a fellow feminist who defaced a poster for her 2017 film The Death of Stalin as part of a protest against the lack of equality in Hollywood.

“I saw a poster the other day of this (film), and above it (the actors’ faces) a woman had written ‘man, man, man, man, f**k the patriarchy’,” she told WENN. “I can’t say I support the way it’s been marketed but I’m really, really proud of the film and I’m so proud of my performance in it and I hope that people think it’s hysterical because it is.”

In the film, Andrea played Svetlana, the daughter of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin – one of the few female characters.

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