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Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe To Serve On Cannes Festival Jury

NEW DELHI, April 29 (Bernama) -- US director-producer Sofia Coppola, actor Willem Dafoe and Mexican actor-director Gael Garcia Bernal have been selected to serve on the 67th Cannes film festival's jury, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

The festival, which has been criticised in the past for not doing enough to promote female directors, will have five women and four men in this year's jury which will be headed by Jane Campion.

Campion, New Zealand born director of 'The Piano' and eight other members of the jury, will decide between 18 films to choose winner of the coveted Palme d'Or or Golen Palm prize and other winners on May 24.

"Cannes has always sought to adopt a universal and international approach and in tune with this tradition, Campion will be surrounded by eight luminaries of world cinema -- from China, Korea, Denmark, Iran, US, France and Mexico," the festival said on its website.

Coppola, daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, is known for her films like 'The Virgin Suicides', 'Lost in Translation' and the most recent, 'Bling Ring'.

Bernal first came to public notice with 'Amorres Perros' and his film gems include 'Y Tu Mama Tambien' by 'Gravity' helmer Alfonso Cuaron, 'The Motorcycle Diaries', 'Bad Education' and 'Babel'. He turned into a feature film director with 2010's 'Deficit'.

Dafoe has twice been nominated for an Oscar for 'Platoon' and 'Shadow of the Vampire'. He recently starred in Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' and his other projects include 'The Last Temptation of Christ', 'Antichrist' and 'The English Patient'.

French actress Carole Bouquet, who played Bond Girl in 'For Your Eyes Only' and starred in films such as 'That Obscure Object of Desire', 'Too Beautiful For You' and 'Unforgivable', will join Iranian actress Leila Hatami as jury member.

Leila is best known outside Iran for her role in 'A Separation', the best foreign Oscar-winning film of Asghar Farhadi. Her father first directed her to 'Leila' and she starred in Ali Mosaffa's 'Last Step' in 2012.

Jury member Jeon Do-yeon, who became the first celebrity from South Korea to win a best actress award at Cannes for her role in 'Secret Sunshine', has starred in movies such as 'I Wish I Had a Wife', 'My Mother' and 'The Housemaid'.

Jia Zhangke, another jury member, is a well known director-screenwriter in China. His 'A Touch of Sin' garnered the best screenplay award at Cannes last year.

Denmark's Nicolas Winding Refn screened 'Only God Forgives' at Cannes last year. The film starring Ryan Gosling had divided critics for its violent outlook.

The Cannes film festival runs from May 15 to 25.


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