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Nanni Moretti

Moretti at Cannes

Acclaimed Italian director Nanni Moretti will head the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in May, organisers said. The Cannes regular, who won the Palme d'Or with The Son's Room in 2001, will preside over the 65th edition of the festival on May 16-27. Festival director Thierry Fremaux said: "The festival wanted to celebrate its 65th season with a European jury president. High-spirited and marked by his modernity and intelligence, Nanni Moretti's films are the incarnation of all the best in cinema over the past 30 years".

Moretti, 59, said it was a "real joy, honour and tremendous responsibility" to accept the position. "As a director, I was always moved when my films were presented at the Cannes Film Festival," said Moretti, who has screened six films at Cannes starting with Ecce Bombo in 1978. "I also have very happy memories of my experience as a jury member during the 50th anniversary season", he went on. "As a spectator, fortunately I still have the same curiosity that I had in my youth and so it is a great privilege for me to embark on this voyage into the world of contemporary international film."

In 1994 Moretti won best director at the festival for Caro Diario (Dear Diary) before picking up the Palme d'Or seven years ater with La Stanza del Figlio (The Son's Room). Il Caimano (The Cayman), Moretti's satirical swipe at Italian politics in the Berlusconi era, screened at Cannes in 2006. His latest movie Habemus Papam was unveiled at the festival last year.