'Green Hornet' helmer to present shorts and Cinefondation prizes

Paris– French helmer Michel Gondry has been tapped to head up the short film and Cinefondation jury of the 64th Cannes Film Festival.

The short film and Cinefondation jury was previously topped by Atom Egoyan, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Martin Scorsese and John Boorman.

The multi-hyphenate Gondry has helmed seven feature films, several shorts and more than 70 music clips, most recently “The Green Hornet.”

His first feature, the Charlie Kaufman-penned “Human Nature,” screened out of competition in Cannes in 2001. Gondry was back on the Croisette in 2008 with the “Tokyo!” triptych, which unspooled in Un Certain Regard. A year later, Gondry presented his documentary “The Thorn in the Heart ” out of competition at the fest.

Gondry enjoyed a major breakthrough with Jim Carrey-starrer “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” which won him an Oscar for best screenplay in 2005.

Gondry’s latest pic, “The Green Hornet,” which bowed in France on January, has been his biggest box office hit.

Gondry, along with the rest of the jury, will award the three Cinefondation prizes on May 20 and will hand out the Palme d’Or for the best short film during the fest’s closing ceremony on May 22.

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