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Festival jurors greet the press

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 00:45

May 13 - The jury for the 67th Cannes Film Festival, headed by New Zealand director Jane Campion, gather on the French Riviera. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: New Zealand director Jane Campion returned to the scene of her 1993 Palme d'Or triumph on Tuesday (May 13), this time as head of the jury for the 67th Cannes Film Festival. The only woman ever to receive the top Cannes award for her film "The Piano", Campion will head a jury of five women and four men for this year's Cannes festival - its first majority female judging panel since 2009. She succeeds U.S. director Steven Spielberg, who headed the jury last year. Campion, who was born in Wellington and originally studied to be an anthropologist, started making short films in the 1980s and won the top Cannes prize for a short feature in 1986. Her first feature film was "Sweetie" (1989) followed by "An Angel at My Table" (1990) and "The Piano". Other films include "The Portrait of a Lady" (1996) based on the Henry James novel, "Holy Smoke" (1999) and "In the Cut" (2003). Jury members this year include actors Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal, and directors Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Winding Refn. Fellow jury member, Iranian actress Leila Hatami, said being asked to be on the jury was a great honour. The film festival gets under way on Wednesday (May 14) with 18 films showing in the main competition for the Palme d'Or prize. Providing the customary dash of controversy, the opening film - "Grace of Monaco" - has been denounced as a "farce" by the late princess's three children. Australian actress Nicole Kidman, who takes on the title role of Grace Kelly, was also seen arriving on the Croisette ahead of the movie's debut. Another 20 films are in the "Un Certain Regard" strand, plus dozens more in the "Directors' Fortnight", the "Critics' Week" and other festival showcases. The 2014 Cannes film festival will run until May 24.

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Festival jurors greet the press

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 00:45