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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 7, 2014 at 11:34AM

New Zealand auteur Jane Campion is set to head the jury of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 14 through 25.
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Jane Campion
Jane Campion

New Zealand auteur Jane Campion is set to head the jury of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 14 through 25.

Campion, who succeeds the 2013 jury president Steven Spielberg, holds a unique place in the history of the French fest: She's the only woman director to have won the Palme d'Or (for 1993's "The Piano"), and the only director who has won both the top prizes for a feature and short film; in 1986 her short film "Peel" won the Short Film Palme. (Campion headed the 2013 Cannes Shorts jury.)

Campion's last feature was 2009's Keats romance "Bright Star"; she directed two episodes of her brilliant 2013 mystery miniseries "Top of the Lake," which she co-wrote with Garth Andrews.

Check out the eight-minute "Peel" below. 

This article is related to: Festivals, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, Jane Campion, Jane Campion


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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.