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Isabella Rossellini to head Cannes' 'Regard' jury

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Isabella Rossellini, daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini, muse of David Lynch, and an alternate on Ross Geller’s list of celebrity freebies, will preside over the Un Certain Regard jury at this May’s Cannes Film Festival.

The festival was already going to be an important event for Rossellini even before this announcement: Cannes is honoring her mother’s legacy with a special documentary from Stig Björkman, titled Ingrid Bergman, In Her Own Words. The Blue Velvet actress will also launch her own “Ingrid Bergman Tribute” in Cannes, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Casablanca star’s birth. That show, directed by Guido Torlonia and Ludovica Damiani, is based on Bergman’s autobiography and her written correspondences with Roberto Rossellini. 

In addition to Blue Velvet, Rossellini has appeared in White Nights, Cousins, Wild at Heart, and Two Lovers, among scores of other credits. She also directed a series of animal documentaries, including Animals Distract Me in 2011.  

This year’s Cannes Film Festival runs May 13 to May 24. 

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