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  • 7 January 2014, 15:39

Jane Campion To Head Cannes Film Festival Jury

New Zealand film-maker Jane Campion is to head the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The director is the only woman to win the coveted Palme d'Or, for The Piano in 1993.

She also holds the distinction as the only double winner, after her short, Peel, picked up the top prize in that category in 1986.

In a statement she said: "I am truly honoured to join with the Cannes Film Festival as President of the 'in Competition' features for 2014. To tell the truth I can't wait".

The 67th Cannes film festival will run from May 14 to 25 and Ms Campion succeeds last year's jury head, Steven Spielberg.

Organisers of the event have described her as "a major filmmaker and indefatigable pioneer".

She recently won critical and popular acclaim for writing the TV mini-series Top of the Lake, which was shot in New Zealand.

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