Jane Campion to preside over 67th Cannes Festival jury

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Lauded director Jane Campion has been appointed to lead the jury in the upcoming 67th Cannes Film Festival, the organizers announced on Tuesday.

Campion, who is the only female director by far to win double Palme d’or awards for her films “Peel” and “the Piano,” said she is “honored to join with the Cannes Film Festival as President of the in Competition features for 2014″ and that she “can’t wait.”

Of the upcoming festival that has launched a thousand silver screens, Campion said, “It is this world wide inclusiveness and passion for film at the heart of the festival which makes the importance of the Cannes Film Festival indisputable. It is a mythical and exciting festival where amazing things can happen, actors are discovered, films are financed careers are made, I know this because that is what happened to me!”

Meanwhile, Cannes Festival General Delegate Thierry Fremaux said, “We are immensely proud that Jane Campion has accepted our invitation. 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.”

The 67th Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 14 to 25, 2014. Campion succeeds last year’s jury president, acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

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