Iran’s Leila Hatami on Cannes panel
Tehran Leila Hatami, the star of the Oscar-winning Iranian drama “A Separation”, has been selected for the jury of the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival, the organizers announced on Monday.
The New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter Jane Campion, winner of the Palme d’Or for “The Piano”, will preside over the jury.
French actress Carole Bouquet; the American director, screenwriter and producer Sofia Coppola; South Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon; the American actor Willem Dafoe; the Mexican actor, director and producer Gael Garcia Bernal; the Chinese director, screenwriter and producer Jia Zhangke; and the Danish director, screenwriter and producer Nicolas Winding Refn are the other members of the panel.
France’s Ministry of Culture and Communication honored Hatami in August 2012 with Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, which is granted to eminent artists, writers and scholars for their efforts in promoting the awareness and enrichment of France’s cultural heritage throughout the world.
She was crowned best actress at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic in July 2012 for her role in “The Last Step”, which was directed by her husband Ali Mosaffa.
She was on the jury of the 37th Deauville American Film Festival, which took place in France in September 2011.
The 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 14 to 25.
The world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami will preside over the Cinéfondation and Short Films jury of the Cannes festival this year.