Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the Mexican director of the Oscar winners “Birdman” and “The Revenant,” will lead this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury. Iñárritu, who has twice won the Academy Award for best director, will be the first Mexican to be president of the jury in the festival’s 72-year history. Last year’s jury president was Cate Blanchett.
In a statement, Iñárritu said that Cannes is a festival that has been important to him since the beginning of his career. Iñárritu has a long history with the festival. His first film, “Amores Perros,” had its premiere at Cannes in 2000 and won immediate acclaim for its interweaving of three tales.
In 2006, Iñárritu won Cannes’ best director award for “Babel,” and in 2017 he created a virtual-reality installation for the festival, “Carne y Arena” (“Flesh and Sand”), which was the first such work to be included in Cannes’ Official Selection.