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Benicio Del Toro To Preside Over 'Un Certain Regard' Jury In Cannes

Benicio Del Toro is a regular visitor to the competition in Cannes where he won the Best Actor Award in 2008 for his role as Che Guevara in in Steven Soderbergh's two-part biographical film.

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Updated:April 5, 2018, 12:47 PM IST
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Benicio Del Toro To Preside Over 'Un Certain Regard' Jury In Cannes
This image released by Lucasfilm shows Benicio del Toro as DJ in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," in theaters on December 15, 2017. (Image: AP)
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Puerto Rican-Spanish actor Benicio Del Toro will take over from Uma Thurman as president of the jury for the Un Certain Regard prize at the 71st Cannes Film Festival which is set to run from May 8 to 19.

Benicio Del Toro will preside over the jury that decides on the Un Certain Regard awards at this year's Cannes Film Festival, according to an official press release dated Wednesday, April 4. Some 20 films will be in competition for the award.

The Puerto Rican actor will follow in the footsteps of Uma Thurman, the president of the jury in 2017, which awarded the Prix Un Certain Regard to A Man of Integrity by Mohammad Rasoulof. The 2017 jury also chose Jasmine Trinca for Un Certain Regard Best Actress, Barbara by Mathieu Amalric for the Poetry of Cinema Award, Taylor Sheridan for Un Certain Regard Best Director and Michel Franco's April's Daughter for the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize.

Benicio Del Toro is a regular visitor to the competition in Cannes where he won the Best Actor Award in 2008 for his role as Che Guevara in in Steven Soderbergh's two-part biographical film. The actor has also traveled to the south of France to support Usual Suspects, The Pledge, Sin City and 7 Days in Havana -- a 2012 anthology film in which he directed a segment, El Yuma. The star was also in competition for an award for Sicario, which was nominated for a Palme d'Or in 2015.

This year's Cannes Film Festival will run from Tuesday, May 8 to Saturday, May 19. The official selection of films in competition at the 71st festival will be announced on April 12.

This year Cate Blanchett will preside over the main jury at this year's festival which will deliver a Carrosse d'Or lifetime achievement award to Martin Scorsese.
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