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Steven Spielberg has been named Jury President for the 66th annual Festival de Cannes, running this year from May 15th to May 26th.

The announcement was made today that the Lincoln filmmaker will take over the reigns from Italian director Nanni Moretti.

The two time Oscar winning legend’s relationship with the prestigious festival goes all the way back to his first theatrical film Sugarland Express, which won Best Screenplay at the 1974 Festival de Cannes. Though the key release in Spielberg’s appointment as Jury President this year stems from when he was at the height of his first creative peak with the release of E.T. – the tear-jerking classic which closed the 1982 festival and was the very last Festival screening shown in the former Palais Croisette theatre. This also happened to be the Cannes debut of Thierry Fremaux, the Chief Delegate of the festival and his memory of that world »

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