Campion, who won an Oscar for best screenplay for her 1993
film "The Piano" and is the only woman ever to win the top
Cannes prize, the Palme d'or, for that same film, succeeds U.S.
director Steven Spielberg, who headed the jury last year.
"I am truly honored to join with the Cannes Film Festival as
president of the in-competition features for 2014," Campion said
in a statement issued by the festival. "In fact I can't wait."
"Since I first went to Cannes with my short films in 1986, I have
had the opportunity to see the festival from many sides and my
admiration for this queen of film festivals has only grown
larger," she said.
Campion lauded Cannes' ability to celebrate the glamour of the
film industry with its stars and parties while "rigorously
maintaining the festival's seriousness about the art and
excellence of new world cinema."
In addition to "The Piano" winning the Palme d'or in 1993, the
festival that year named Holly Hunter, who played opposite
Harvey Keitel in the movie, best actress.
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).
(Writing by Michael Roddy; editing
by Gareth Jones)
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