Director of Mad Max to preside in Cannes Film Festival jury

George Miller, director of famous film Mad Max named president of 69th Cannes Film Festival

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Director George Miller attends a news conference for the film "Mad Max: Fury Road" out of competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 14, 2015.

Renowned Mad Max director George Miller has been named president of the jury of the upcoming 69th Cannes Film Festival.

Australian director George Miller's latest movie Mad Max: Fury Road has received 11 Oscar nominations.

“Throughout his career, George Miller has constantly experimented with a variety of genres, brilliantly reconciling mass audience expectations and the highest artistic standards,” the festival administration said in a statement Tuesday.

According to the festival, the 70-year-old Australian filmmaker said: "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!” Miller added.

Miller has recently been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Director category for the 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road film. The movie has received 10 other nominations at the 88th Academy Awards, to be held on Feb. 28th.

The movie Mad Max: Fury Road was first screened at the Cannes festival last year out of competition in the Official Selection.

Miller and his jury will decide on the winner of the Palme d’Or award at the end of the Festival, to be held from May 11 to 22.

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