Ruben Östlund to Serve as Jury President at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival

Ruben Östlund with the Palme d'Or for
Ruben Östlund with the Palme d'Or for "Triangle of Sadness" at the Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock (12961320as)

Ruben Östlund always felt at home in Cannes and won two Palme d’Or awards, and he’ll return to the prestigious festival this year in a very special role. The Swedish director has been appointed as the jury president of the upcoming edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Östlund’s ties with Cannes run deep, and five of his six feature films premiered at this festival. Most notably, his last two social satires The Square and Triangle of Sadness captivated the audiences at Cannes and won him the Palme d’Or in 2017 and 2022, respectively.

Considering the deep connection he has with the audience in Cannes, Östlund said it’s a privilege to be part of the festival—this time in the role of a jury president.

“I am happy, proud, and humbled to be trusted with the honor of jury president for this year’s Competition at the 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,” said Östlund in a statement.

Östlund is following in the footsteps of Francis Ford Coppola and Emir Kusturica as the third two-time winner of the Palme d’Or to be the president of the jury. We’ll preside over the jury between May 16-27, when the Cannes Film Festival will return to the French Riviera.