Jane Campion to Head Jury at Cannes Film Festival

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Jane Campion to Head Jury at Cannes Film Festival

As reported by Variety, Jane Campion, a New Zealand filmmaker best known for the 1993 film The Piano, will head the jury at the 67th Cannes Film Festival this May.

Campion is an Academy Award- and Palm d’Or-winning director who has been around the festival for nearly 30 years.

“It is a mythical and exciting festival where amazing things can happen,” she said in a statement. “Actors are discovered, films are financed, careers are made, I know this because that is what happened to me!”

The Piano director succeeds Steven Spielberg and joins other legendary figures such as Robert De Niro and Tim Burton, both of whom presided over the Cannes jury in the past, as well as an impressive list of women who have led the jury.

“We are immensely proud that Jane Campion has accepted our invitation,” said festival director Thierry Fremaux . “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 presidents.”

Campion’s most recent work came last year with the acclaimed mini-series Top of the Lake, one of Paste’s Top 25 TV Shows of 2013. Her most recent feature film was 2009’s Bright Star.

The 2014 Cannes Film Festival runs May 14-25, complete information can be found on the festival’s website.