George Miller named Cannes jury president

Los Angeles: Australian director George Miller has been selected to head the jury at the upcoming 69th Cannes International Film Festival, which will run from May 11-22, the festival officials have announced.

Miller, who has been nominated in the Best Director category at the upcoming 88th Academy Awards for his film "Mad Max: Fury Road", was at Cannes in May last year when the action film screened as an official out-of-competition selection, reports

"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 honour. I'll be there with bells on," the 70-year-old said of the invitation to head the Cannes jury in a statement.

"The 2016 Festival de Cannes is all set to welcome a big-hearted film lover and a great human being," the festival organisers said as part of the announcement.

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