Robert De Niro heads Cannes Film Festival jury

Acting legend to pick winners at 2011 event

Robert De Niro will head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The actor has been to Cannes eight times in the past to promote his films. He’s also a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Now, as president of the nine-member jury, BBC News reports that De Niro will help decide this years winner of the festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or award.

The star said he was honoured to preside over “one of the oldest and one of the best” festivals in the world. This year’s festival will run from May 11 to 22.

He went on to say he had “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”.

He added: “These types of festivals help connect the international film community and have a lasting cultural impact.”

In 1976 De Niro‘s film Taxi Driver won the Palme d’Or. The Mission, directed by Roland Joffe, won it in 1986, and also starred De Niro.