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Cannes Fest Taps Kusturica as Jury President of Un Certain Regard

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 25, 2011 at 4:18AM

The Festival de Cannes has tapped Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica to be president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 64th festival which runs from 11 to 22 May. Each year Un Certain Regard, which runs alongside the official competition, showcases about twenty films from around the world. Cannes has awarded Kusturica two Palmes d’Or, in 1985 for his second film When Father Was Away on Business, and ten years later, for Underground. The Prix Un Certain Regard is given out on the closing weekend of the fest; last year it went to Hong Sang Soo for Ha Ha Ha.
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The Festival de Cannes has tapped Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica to be president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 64th festival which runs from 11 to 22 May. Each year Un Certain Regard, which runs alongside the official competition, showcases about twenty films from around the world. Cannes has awarded Kusturica two Palmes d’Or, in 1985 for his second film When Father Was Away on Business, and ten years later, for Underground. The Prix Un Certain Regard is given out on the closing weekend of the fest; last year it went to Hong Sang Soo for Ha Ha Ha.

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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.