January 7, 2011

Travis Bickle heads Cannes 2011 jury

Travis Bickle will head the jury of the 64th Cannes Film Festival from May 11th to 22th 2011.

By inviting Bickle (Robert de Niro Jr. in real life) to preside the jury, the organizers also want to pay  tribute to the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011. 
"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, and these types of festivals help connect the international film community and have a lasting cultural impact," de Niro said. 

He came to Cannes for eight of his films, two of which won Palme d’Or: Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, in 1976, and ten years later, The Mission directed by Roland Joffe.


jayclops said...

i can remember very well where i was seated in film class when we watch taxi driver. i was totally in awe. from then on, i became an enthusiast. it was one of the films that i remember liking during what seemed like a boring, uninspired film class for the entire semester. i wasn't under ma'am daf's class that time. taxi driver is one of my favorite films of all time. hehe

Teng said...

Good for you. Ma'am Daf never showed us any of the classics. I remember her requiring us to watch Gayuma and Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal (or was it the sequel?) She would show us the door if we didn't watch the movie. Her reason: There's no point being in class if you cannot participate actively in the criticism of the films.