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Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal Join Cannes Jury

Jane Campion serves as Jury president

MADRID – Adding creative glamor to this year’s edition, Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, Gael Garcia Bernal and Denmark’s Nicolas Winding Refn have joined the Jury of the 67th Cannes Festival.

They will be accompanied by France’s Carole Bouquet, Iran’s Leila Hatami, China’s Jia Zhangke, and South Korea’s Jeon Do-yeon, the Cannes Festival confirmed Monday.

As already announced, Jane Campion will serve as Jury president. The Jury – as the Cannes Festival notes at a time when fest supremo Thierry Fremaux is still coming under fire for the number of women directors selected for Cannes – will have five women and four men.

It also has broad geographical range. “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, the United States, France and Mexico,” the Festival said in a statement.

The Jury will also feature four directors whose movies have had a major impact at Cannes Festival, stirring debate and often winning top prizes, as was the case with Campion’s “The Piano,” the only movie by a woman director to win the Festival’s Palme d’Or. Following her “The Virgin Suicides,” a high-profile debut in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, her 2006 Cannes Competition player “Marie-Antoinette” created controversy for its wilful anachronisms and a focus on a young queen enjoying her youth sans continued historical contextualization.

Winding Refn “Drive” prived the highlight’s of 2011’s edition for many attendees, boosting Ryan Gosling’s star status and ushering in a clutch of U.S. films at Cannes which sat midway between auteuristic and more mainstream cinema. Jia’s “Unknown Pleasures,” “24 City” and A Touch of Sin” all played Cannes, the last two in competition, making him one of the highest-profile Chinese directors at the event.

Defoe was at Cannes with Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist,” a competition player that won Charlotte Gainsbourg best actress and again split critics.

The star of Chilean Pablo Larrain’s “No,” one of the biggest Latin American hits at Cannes in recent years, Mexican Garcia Bernal is a driving force behind cutting-edge Latin American production as a thesp, giving fims more potential market reach, a director – of “Deficit,” which played Cannes 2010 Critics’ Week – and a producer partner at Mexico City and L.A-based Canana Films.

Hatami broke through internationally starring in Asghar Farhardi’s Berlin Golden Bear and Oscar-winning “A Separation.” Jeon became the first Korean thesp to win Best Actress at Cannes for her performance in Lee Chang-dong’s 2007 ”Secret Sunshine.”

Festival’s competition winners will be announced Saturday May 24. The Palme d’Or winner will be screened the following day at the festival’s Sunday evening closing ceremony in the presence of the Jury and team of the winning movie.

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