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Jane Campion to be Jury President for the 2014 Cannes film festival

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According to Variety, New Zealand director Jane Campion will be presiding over the jury at the 67th Cannes film festival. Campion is known for her films like the 1993 drama "The Piano." She had won a Palme d’ Or for that movie and is the only female director to do so.

Campion also directed other films like, "Bright Star," "Sweetie," "In the Cut," "An Angel at my Table," and the Kate Winslet feature, "Holy Smoke!"

The director of Cannes, Thierry Fremaux made this statement about Campion being chosen:

We are immensely proud that Jane Campion has accepted our invitation. 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. (Source: Variety)

Last year at the Cannes festival, Steven Spielberg had presided over the jury. The same year, the French feature, "Blue is the Warmest Color," had won the top prize, the Palme d'Or.

The 2014 festival will be starting on May 12 and ending on May 25.


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