Greta Gerwig is closing a wonderful year with great news. After the movie of him, Barbiebecame an absolute phenomenon and box office hit of the year (with more than $1.4 billion in the global box office), and having been nominated for best director at the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards, it has been announced that Gerwig will preside over the jury at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival.

Gerwig will become the first American director to serve as president of the prestigious international film festival.

The Cannes statement explained (via official site):

“Greta Gerwig, a heroine of our modern times, revolutionizes the status quo between a highly codified film industry and an era that demands greater scrutiny.”

“Yesterday, ambassador of American independent cinema, today at the peak of global box office success, Greta Gerwig manages to combine what was previously considered incompatible: delivering auteur blockbusters, bridging the gap between art and industry, exploring feminist issues contemporary with skill as well as depth, and declaring his demanding artistic ambition from within an economic model that he embraces to take better advantage of it.”

“Whether acting, writing or directing, his artistic projects have recurring leitmotifs, such as family turmoil, the transition rites of adolescence, fear of loss of social status or the emergence of an artistic vocation through free characters, sometimes fragile and marginal, but also fierce.”

Warner Bros. released Barbie in theaters around the world in July of this year, and quickly became a blockbuster, and the highest-grossing film of 2023. Barbie is also expected to land multiple Oscar nominations in 2024.


  • Gerwig will be only the second director to serve as president of the Cannes jury. Previously, Jane Campion was, in 2014.
  • She will also be the second American to take that place, behind actress Olivia de Haviland, who was the first woman to preside over Cannes in 1965.
  • It will be the first time that Gerwig goes to Cannes on official business. None of his projects have had their premiere on the Croisette.


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