Jane Campion, the actor, director, screenwriter and producer from New Zealand has been named as the 2014 President of the Cannes Film Festival. The festival which takes place from 14th to 25th May this year, has had a roll call of famous presidents that demonstrates how respected Campion is within the industry. She embodies the spirit of the festival with its mix of uber Hollywood glamour and serious dedication to art and new world cinema.
Campion is not the first woman to preside over the famous film festival but she is, shockingly, the only woman to win the prestigious Palm d'Or award in its 58 year history when she took the honours for her feature film, Peel, in 1986.
Does this mean that the 2014 Cannes Film Festival is going to be a trumpeting of female directors and film makers? Unfortunately not.
"Cannes Film Festival is actually very supportive towards women filmmakers," she told Indiewire last January. "They have been very supportive. There just weren't great movies from the ladies, and it's not their fault. It's the financing of the women."
So we won't hold our collective breaths just yet for another breakthrough female director but will be delighted to welcome this prestigious presiding director to our French Riviera shores come May.
“It is this world wide inclusiveness and passion for film at the heart of the festival which makes the importance of the Cannes Film Festival indisputable.” Campion says. “It is a mythical and exciting festival where amazing things can happen, actors are discovered, films are financed careers are made, I know this because that is what happened to me!"
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This stunning 4-bedroom apartment can sleep up to 8 and is finished to a very high standard with exquisite furnishings and chic décor. It is located in the heart of Cannes’ Old Town, close to the sea and a 10-minute walk from the Palais des Festivals.