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Michel Gondry to head Cannes short film jury

February 21, 2011 | 10:17 am


First De Niro, now Gondry.

The Cannes Film Festival has named Michel Gondry to head the shorts jury at this year's gathering. The director will also head the jury for Cinefondation, the Cannes-run organization that hands out a trio of prizes to emerging filmmakers.

Gondry joins Robert De Niro, who will head the features jury, in the south of France.

Gondry is one of the few French-born directors who has also crossed over to Hollywood. The "Green Hornet" director has been to the festival several times before, premiering his surrealist feature "Human Nature" on the Croisette in 2001 and most recently bringing his documentary "The Thorn in the Heart" there in 2009.

The rest of the shorts jury is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The Cannes Film Festival kicks off May 10.

-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Michel Gondry. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times