Robert De Niro to lead Cannes film festival jury

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US actor Robert De Niro will be president of the jury of this year's Cannes film festival, which opens May 11 on the French Riviera, organisers announced Thursday.

"The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world," the 67-year-old Oscar-winner said in a festival statement.

Two of his films have won the coveted Palme d'Or at previous Cannes festivals: Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" in 1976, and 10 years later, "The Mission" directed by Roland Joffe.

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