Robert De Niro to head 2011 Cannes film festival

Thu Jan 6, 2011 1:16pm EST
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PARIS (Reuters Life!) - Hollywood heavyweight Robert De Niro will head up the jury at this year's Cannes film festival, organizers said Thursday.

"Raging Bull" actor De Niro will take charge of the 64th edition held May 11-22.

"As co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival I have an increased appreciation for the jury who serve, undertaking an important role in choosing films that are represented in the world of film at its highest level," De Niro said in a statement.

"These types of festivals help connect the international film community and have a lasting cultural impact."

"Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," a mystical Thai movie exploring reincarnation won the Palme d'Or in 2010, beating out pre-award favorites.

(Reporting by John Irish; editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>Actor Robert De Niro gives a thumbs-up as he arrives at the "Stone" film premiere during the 2010 Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Doha October 28, 2010. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous</p>