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Jane Campion Is the Cannes 2014 Jury President; Watch Her Palme d'Or Winning 1986 Short Film 'Peel' (VIDEO)

New Zealand auteur Jane Campion is set to head the jury of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 14 through 25.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 7, 2014 11:34 AM
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Jane Campion's Top Nine Films on Criterion Include 'Contempt,' 'Seven Samurai,' 'Tokyo Story' and More

Criterion has posted Jane Campion's "Top 10" list, in which she ranks her favorite titles put out by the prestigious DVD and Blu-ray company. The list includes only nine films, but among them are Jean-Luc Godard's "Contempt," Federico Fellini's "La Strada" and Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 14, 2013 12:35 PM
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'Top of the Lake' Finale Recap: State of Emergency

Certain episodes of television stand out not only within the course of a series, but within the course of a year. In 2012, it was the eleventh episode of “Mad Men,” titled “The Other Women” (incidentally also featuring a stunning performance from Elisabeth Moss). This year, the finale of “Top of the Lake” achieves that same skin-tingling, harshly heartbreaking, core-shaking status.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2013 2:27 PM
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Cannes Palme d'Or-Winner Jane Campion To Get Carrosse d'Or

New Zealand director Jane Campion, whose superb neo-noir "Top of the Lake" series is running on Sundance Channel, will receive the Carrosse d’or at Cannes this year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2013 2:25 PM
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'Top of the Lake' Recap 1: A Brilliant Beginning to Jane Campion's Dark, Deep and Dreamlike Mystery

“Top of the Lake,” the new Sundance Channel miniseries created, written and directed in part by Jane Campion, is a masterfully twisty creation that floats just out of the reach of comfortable comprehension. Its characters, united in the search for a missing girl against an ominous backdrop of awesome scenery and local misogyny, move through scenes that are at once anchored in the real and yet have a dreamlike quality.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2013 11:41 PM
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Trailer Watch: Jane Campion's Gorgeous, Twisty Mystery Series 'Top of the Lake,' Starring Elisabeth Moss

Check out the U.K. trailer for Jane Campion's brilliantly unsettling mystery mini-series "Top of the Lake," premiering March 18 on the Sundance Channel. Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") toplines as a tough young Kiwi detective investigating the disappearance of a local pregnant pre-teen in backwoods New Zealand.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2013 1:09 PM
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Jane Campion to Head Cannes Short Film Jury and Cinefondation

Jane Campion will head the Cinefondation and Short Film jury at the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Michel Gondry, Martin Scorsese, Hou Hsiao Hsien and John Boorman have previously held this position.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 5, 2013 1:14 PM
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Campion Embraces TV Over Film with Moodily Misogynistic 'Top of the Lake,' Review Roundup

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Jane Campion marks yet another first-rate filmmaker ("The Piano") who when faced with an uphill climb to get such idiosyncratic smart-films as "Bright Star" financed and released, has transitioned to long-form television. It's a sheer delight to see her stretch out in a six-hour mini-series format with "Top of the Lake" (Sundance Channel, March 18), a gorgeous mystery thriller set in the New Zealand vacation country where Campion spent her summers growing up.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 1, 2013 4:28 PM
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Berlinale Adds 'Les Mis,' Campion's 'Top of the Lake,' Winterbottom's 'Look of Love,' Double Franco and More

The Berlinale continues to add to the lineup for its February 7-17 fest. Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" will play in the Berlinale Special showcase, as will Jane Campion's "Top of the Lake" miniseries, Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Best Offer," "Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love," Yoji Yamada's "Tokyo Family"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 15, 2013 4:05 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Campion's 'Top of the Lake' Stars Elisabeth Moss

Jane Campion is one of many filmmakers turning to TV. New Zealand-set BBC/Sundance Channel mini-series "Top of The Lake" is scheduled for next year. At MIPCOM she declared that her return to TV gave her "a lot of respect" for the people working in the medium, and she's prepared to do more television with a similar project set in Thailand.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 22, 2012 1:10 PM
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