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From contestant to juror: Major Russian moviemaker to serve on Cannes Film Festival jury

The festival is set to be held on May 8-19

PARIS, April 17. /TASS/. Prominent Russian film director Andrei Zvyagintsev has been invited to serve on the jury of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, set to be held on May 8-19, the festival's Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux told the Europe 1 radio station on Tuesday.

"I can confirm that Andrei Zvyagintsev will be on the jury," he avowed. 

The Russian director has submitted his movies many times to the Cannes Film Festival and received prizes, particularly for his 2017 film, Loveless. In 2018, Zvyagintsev has already won France's Cesar Awards.

Fremaux declined to name other members of the jury, which is going to be chaired by Australian movie star Cate Blanchett. "You should wait a couple of days before you know the names of other jury members," the Cannes Film Festival artistic director stressed.

The artistic director said earlier that the festival’s organizers had chosen 18 movies out of the 1,906 submitted full-length feature films to be included in the main competition. Among them are Russian movie director Kirill Serebrennikov’s Leto (or Summer), Le Livre d’Image (of The Image Book) by Jean-Luc Godard, a leading member of the French New Wave movement, and Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest movie Todos Lo Saben (or Everybody Knows).

The Cannes Film Festival was first held on France's Cote d'Azur back in 1946. Since then, the festival failed to take place only twice - in 1948 and 1950.