Mad Max’s George Miller to preside over Cannes Film Festival jury
George Miller will be honored at this year’s 69th Festival de Cannes, the director, screenwriter and producer, will presided over this year’s event.
George Miller, along with his jury, will award the Palme d’or at the close of the Festival, to be held from 11 to 22 May.
On receiving his invitation from the Festival, George Miller exclaimed, “What an unmitigated delight! 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!”
“Mad Max: Fury Road” hit Cannes last summer, the film was part of the Out of Competition in the Official Selection.
Miller’s Mad Max franchise began in 1979 with the original “Mad Max” installment. The film ended up launching Mel Gibson’s career. The series continued as “Mad Max 2: the Road Warrior” in 1981 and “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” in 1985. The latest film in the franchise was named “Mad Max: Fury Road” and released in 2015.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” earned ten nominations for the 2016 Oscars, including Best Film and Best Director. The film also won nine prizes at the Critics Choice Awards, including the award for Best Director.
In an official statement, Cannes spoke about Miller stating, “The 70-year-old Miller has won international acclaim for these spectacular and jubilant creations, as well as for his eclecticism, inventiveness and sheer audacity. His nomination marks a no-holds-barred celebration of genre cinema. But above all, the 2016 Festival de Cannes is all set to welcome a big-hearted film lover and a great human being.”