Tim Burton to head Cannes jury

Film festival runs May 12-23

Helmer Tim Burton will serve as jury prexy for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which unspools May 12-23.

A master of fantasy and animation, Burton has directed such fanciful films as “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

His Johnny Depp starrer “Ed Wood” played in Competition at Cannes in 1995.

Burton’s next film, “Alice in Wonderland,” a 3D adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s cult novel starring Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, will bow in the U.S. on March 5.

In addition to working as a filmmaker for more than 25 years, Burton is also an illustrator, painter and photographer. The New York’s MoMA is hosting a major exhibition of his work until April 28.

Cannes fest prexy Gilles Jacob said, “We hope Tim Burton’s sweet madness and gothic humor will pervade the Croisette, bringing Christmas to all. Christmas and Halloween.”

Burton said, “After spending my early life watching triple features and 48-hour horror movie marathons, I’m finally ready for this.”

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