January 2, 2009 / 7:23 AM / 11 years ago

French actress Huppert to head Cannes film jury

French actress Isabelle Huppert gestures during a news conference in Berlin in this February 16, 2006 file photo. She will head the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the organizers said on Friday. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

PARIS (Reuters) - French actress Isabelle Huppert will head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the organizers said on Friday.

Huppert has become something of a fixture at France’s premiere film event, appearing in Cannes 25 times in various roles, including as a jury member and master of ceremonies.

She has won the festival’s prestigious best actress award twice, the last time in 2001 for her part in “La Pianiste” by Austrian director Michael Haneke.

“Cannes is the open door to all the new ideas of the world. I am thrilled at the idea of being a privileged spectator in it,” Huppert said in the statement that announced her appointment.

It will be the second year running that the Cannes jury will be headed by an actor. In 2008, U.S. actor and director Sean Penn got the nod.

The 62nd Cannes Festival will run from May 13 to 24.

Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Matthew Jones

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