Two-time winner of Palme d’or, Ruben Östlund, Jury President for 2023

50 years after fellow citizen Ingrid Bergman, Swedish director Ruben Östlund, a two-time winner of the Palme d’or, will preside over the Jury of the 76th edition of Festival de Cannes in May 2023.

“I am happy, proud, and humbled to be trusted with the honour of jury president for this year’s competition at Festival de Cannes. Nowhere in the film world is the anticipation as strong as when the curtain rises on the films in Competition at the Festival. It is a privilege to be part of it, together with the Cannes audience of connoisseurs. I am sincere when I say that cinema culture is in its most important period ever. The cinema has a unique aspect – there, we watch together, and it demands more on what is shown and increases the intensity of the experience. It makes us reflect in a different way than when we dopamine scroll in front of the individual screens “, said Östlund.

The filmmaker has already been selected twice for Un Certain Regard, where he was awarded the Jury Prize in 2014, before stepping up to the official competition where the Palme d’Or has been awarded to him twice; first for The Square at the 70th festival in 2017, and then for Triangle of Sadness at the 75th festival in 2022.

Östlund becomes the third two-time winner of the Palme d’or to be the President of the Jury, following Francis Ford Coppola and Emir Kusturica, and the very first to take on this role the year after winning the Palme.

“As president,” concludes Ruben Östlund, “I will remind my colleagues on the Jury about the social function of the cinema. A good movie relates to the collective experience, stimulates us to think and makes us want to discuss what we have seen – So let’s watch together! “