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Jane Campion to head Cannes 2014 jury

Story by Jack Foley

DIRECTOR Jane Campion is to head the jury of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

The filmmaker is the only female director to have won the prestigious Palme d’Or, for The Piano in 1993, as well as the Short Film Palme d’Or in 1986 for Peel.

She said in a statement: “Since I first went to Cannes with my short films in 1986 I have had the opportunity to see the festival from many sides and my admiration for this Queen of film festivals has only grown larger.

“At the Cannes Film Festival they manage to combine and celebrate the glamour of the industry, the stars, the parties, the beaches, the business, while rigorously maintaining the festival’s seriousness about the Art and excellence of new world cinema.”

Festival director Thierry Frémaux added: “We are immensely proud that Jane Campion has accepted our invitation. Following on from Michèle Morgan, Jeanne Moreau, Françoise Sagan, Isabelle Adjani, Liv Ullmann and Isabelle Huppert in 2009, she is the latest distinguished name to grace a prestigious roster of female President.

“Coming from a country and indeed a continent where film is a rare but powerful phenomenon, she is one of those directors who perfectly embody the idea that you can make films as an artist and yet still appeal to a worldwide public. And we are confident that her exacting approach will be mirrored by her jury.”

This year’s Cannes Film Festival takes place from May 14 to 25, 2014.

Steven Spielberg was last year’s president, which saw controversial lesbian drama “Blue Is The Warmest Colour”: win the Palme d’Or.

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