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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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'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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'Top of the Lake' Episode 5 Recap: The Body Knows What To Do

This week’s episode of “Top of the Lake” finds its characters combating feelings of helplessness -- from the past, from a seemingly impenetrable mystery, and from death.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2013 11:00 PM
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'Top of the Lake' Episode 4 Recap: A Devastating Revelation, and a Simple "Yes/No"

How do the characters in “Top of the Lake” communicate with each other, and how quickly do they choose to divulge information? This is a central question in this week’s episode, which finds significance in both a harrowing, complex monologue and the two most basic written responses in our language.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2013 11:00 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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Weekend Recap: 'Only God Forgives' Teaser, Naomi Watts as Princess Di, Twenty-Somethings on 'Girls,' and HBO/Hulu Changes

Film Comment posted the "50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012," beginning with "Our Children" (Joachim Lafosse, Belgium/Luxembourg/France/Switzerland), followed by "Memories Look at Me" (Song Fang, China) and "First Cousin Once Removed" (Alan Berliner, U.S.). Read their full list here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 7, 2013 3:08 PM
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