“After spending my early life watching triple features and 48-hour horror movie marathons, I’m finally ready for this,”Burton said in a statement to be released Tuesday.
“It’s a great honour and I look forward, with my fellow jurors, to watching some great films from around the world. When you think of Cannes you think of world cinema. And, as films have always been like dreams to me, this is a dream come true.”Gilles Jacob, the Cannes president, said in a statement to be released Tuesday that choosing Burton is a breakthrough step — and a way to liven up Cannes’ beachfront avenue, La Croisette.
“It’s the first time an artist whose origins are in animation will preside over the jury of the Festival de Cannes. A filmmaker with a heart of gold and silver hands, Tim Burton is first and foremost a poet. He’s a magician of visual delights who turns the screen into a faery wonder. We hope his sweet madness and gothic humour will pervade the Croisette, bringing Christmas to all. Christmas and Halloween!”The 63rd Cannes festival will be held May 12 to 23. The rest of the jury will be announced later.