Following in the footsteps of fellow legendary filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Nanni Moretti, Tim Burton, Stephen Frears or Quentin Tarantino, director, writer and producer Jane Campion is to preside over the Cannes Film Festival jury later this year.
Aside from winning a writing Oscar and nabbing a directing nom in 1994, for “The Piano”, New Zealand-born Campion has made history on the Croisette by being the first (and so far only) female director to prevail in a Palme d’Or race.
The extraordinary feat was also achieved thanks to “The Piano”, starring Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel, though Campion did gain subsequent critical acclaim for 1996’s “The Portrait of a Lady” and 2009’s “Bright Star.” The latter actually premiered at Cannes to rave reviews, barely missing out on a Palme d’Or victory repeat and then scoring an Academy nomination for costume design.
The last few years have seen Campion focused on the increasingly challenging and creative small-screen environment, where the auteur developed a miniseries, “Top of the Lake”, for UK’s BBC Two and Sundance Channel, which earned a total of ten Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
For the time being, the names of the other Cannes 2014 jury members are kept on the hush, albeit history tells us they’ll make the headlines as well. In 2013, for instance, Ang Lee, Christoph Waltz and Nicole Kidman assisted Spielberg, while in 2012 Nanni Moretti had top-notch company, consisting of Alexander Payne, Ewan McGregor and Diane Kruger among others.