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Italy’s Nanni Moretti named Cannes president

Cannes, Jan 21 Italian director Nanni Moretti has been named president of the jury at the 65th Cannes Film Festival to be held in May.

“As a spectator, fortunately I still have the same curiosity that I had in my youth and so it is a great privilege for me to embark on this voyage into the world of contemporary international film,” the 58-year-old Moretti said in a statement announcing his selection as jury president.

Moretti, known in Italy for his left-wing politics as well as his work about psychological trauma, has directed 22 short and feature-length movies during his career that has lasted almost 40 years.

His 2001 film “The Son’s Room”, about a psychologist whose mental stability is tested after his son dies in a scuba diving accident, won him the Cannes top prize — the Palme d’Or.

Moretti was a jury member in 1997 at the 50th Cannes Film Festival.

Six of his movies have been presented at Cannes, including last year’s “We Have a Pope”, about a newly elected pontiff who believes he is not up to the job, the Cannes statement said.

The film festival will be held May 16-27.

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