New Zealand Auteur, Jane Campion, will succeed Steven Spielberg in heading the Cannes Jury in 2o14.
“I am truly honored to join with the Cannes Film Festival as President of the ‘in Competition’ features for 2014,” said Campion, “to tell the truth I can’t wait”.
Campion is the only woman to win the Palme d’Or (the Golden Palm) award, the most prestigious recognition at Cannes, presented to the director of the best feature film of the competition, for her 1993 film, The Piano. Organisers of the festival described Campion as ”a major filmmaker and indefatigable pioneer”, who also holds the distinction as the only double winner, her short Peel (watch below) having picked up the top prize in that category in 1986.
”Cannes 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!” said Campion. ”It is this worldwide inclusiveness and passion for film at the heart of the festival which makes the importance of the Cannes Film Festival indisputable.”
Cannes director, Thierry Fremaux, added, “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.”
Previous head jurors include, Robert De Niro, Tim Burton, and Nanni Moretti, but it has been five years since a female represented the festival in the leading position, which was actress, Isabelle Huppert, in 2009. Last year Campion was also the head of the Short Film Jury at Cannes.
The 67th Cannes film festival will run from May 14-25 in the southern France resort town.
Watch Jane Campion’s award winning short, Peel, below: