Jane Campion will head the Cinefondation and Short Film jury at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Michel Gondry, Martin Scorsese, Hou Hsiao Hsien and John Boorman have previously held this position.
Cannes and Cinefondation president Gilles Jacob stated of the New Zealand-born auteur: "Jane is a child of Cannes. I know this as it was I who selected her first three short films for the Festival, because I liked her style and consistency. Naively perverse young girls, teens closed in around their solitude, and women mulling over desires and regrets: Jane’s is a passionate universe that she firmly holds in check as she draws these intricate group portraits."
The Cinefondation and Short Film jury is comprised of five eminent figures from film and literature, and they choose the winner of the Short Film Palme d'Or. They also select their three prize winners from among the Cinefondation's selection of film school entrants.
Campion's new mini-series "Top of the Lake," starring Elisabeth Moss as a young detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant teen, recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Our review and interview with Campion is here.