By Jeff Labrecque
Updated January 07, 2014 at 02:38 PM EST
Jane Campion
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Jane Campion, who remains the only female director to win the Palme d’or (for 1993’s The Piano), will head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. “[Cannesl] is a mythical and exciting festival where amazing things can happen, actors are discovered, films are financed, careers are made,” said Campion. “I know this because that is what happened to me!”

“We are immensely proud that Jane Campion has accepted our invitation,” said Thierry Frémaux, Cannes’ general delegate. “Following on from Michèle Morgan, Jeanne Moreau, Françoise Sagan, Isabelle Adjani, Liv Ullmann and Isabelle Huppert in 2009, she is the latest distinguished name to grace a prestigious roster of female presidents. Coming from a country and indeed a continent where film is a rare but powerful phenomenon, she is one of those directors who perfectly embody the idea that you can make films as an artist and yet still appeal to a worldwide public. And we are confident that her exacting approach will be mirrored by her jury.”

Campion was born and bred in New Zealand. In addition to The Piano, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, she’s also directed Portrait of a Lady, Holy Smoke, Bright Star, and the recent Sundance Channel miniseries, Top of the Lake.