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Andrea Arnold Is Jury President of Cannes Critics Week

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 27, 2014 at 12:02PM

Brit filmmaker Andrea Arnold ("Wuthering Heights," "Fish Tank") will preside over the jury of the 53rd Semaine de la Critique, otherwise known as the Cannes Critics Week.
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Andrea Arnold
Andrea Arnold

Brit filmmaker Andrea Arnold ("Wuthering Heights," "Fish Tank") will preside over the jury of the 53rd Semaine de la Critique, otherwise known as the Cannes Critics Week. This means she and her jury will award one film of the seven in-competition features with the Nespresso Grand Prize.

Arnold has a personal history with the Semaine, as her short film "Milk" screened as part of its lineup in 1998, essentially launching her career. Meanwhile, her first two features, "Red Road" and "Fish Tank," both nabbed the Jury Prize at Cannes several years later. She is still one of the few women filmmakers to be awarded at the prestigious French festival.

Last year's winning Critics Week film was Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza's "Salvo."

Cannes runs May 14 through 25.

This article is related to: Festivals, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, Andrea Arnold, Andrea Arnold


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.