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While we don’t know if putting him on our list of 100 Intriguing LGBT personalities had anything to do with it, but Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar has been chosen as president of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The openly gay filmmaker immediately said:
“I am aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury and I hope to be up to the job. I can only tell that I’ll devote myself, body and soul, to this task, that it is both a privilege and a pleasure.”
There have only been three other openly gay presidents of the festival since its founding in 1946: the author, playwright and French filmmaker Jean Cocteau (who served twice in 1953 and 1954), Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti in 1969, and finally the American playwright Tennessee Williams in 1976.
Almodóvar made his first film, Pepi, Luci, Bom and Other Average Girls (Pepi, Luci, Bom y Otras Chicas del Montón), in 1980, which was very well received by critics. He has written and directed more than 20 films, including All About My Mother, Bad Education and the very gay I’m So Excited in 2013.
Almodóvar was recently honored at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and his latest film, Julieta, is competing this year for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.