The world's most prestigious international film festival,
which made the announcement on Monday, has often been criticized
for giving short shrift to women in cinema.
Campion is the only female director ever to win the festival's
top prize, the Palme d'Or, which she secured with her 1993 film
Joining her will be American director Sofia Coppola and
actresses Carole Bouquet from France, Leila Hatami of Iran and
South Korea's Jeon Do-yeon, the festival said.
Also on the panel will be American actor Willem Dafoe, Mexican
actor and director Garcia Bernal, Chinese director Jia Zhanke
and Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn.
Two of the 18 feature-length films in competition this year were
made by women — Japanese director Naomi Kawase's "Still the
Water" and Italian director Alice Rohrwacher's "Le Meraviglie".
(Reporting by Michael Roddy; editing by Andrew Heavens)
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