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Emir Kusturica to head Cannes' Un Certain Regard jury

March 25, 2011 |  9:49 am

Emir Kusturica is coming back to Cannes.

The provocative Serbian auteur, who has won multiple prizes at the festival, will preside over the jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the festival competition. He joins Robert De Niro, who will serve as jury president for the main competition.

Kusturica is the filmmaker behind, among others, "Black Cat, White Cat," "When Father Was Away on Business" and the Yugoslovian historical drama "Underground," with the last two each winning the Palme d' Or. He last brought a film to the festival in 2008, when he premiered "Maradona," his documentary of the Argentine soccer great.

Un Certain Regard is generally considered the second-most important section at Cannes, after the main competition. In the past few years, U.S. awards contenders such as "Precious" and "Blue Valentine" have screened in Un Certain Regard.

The Cannes Film Festival kicks off May 11.

-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Emir Kusturica in his movie "Farewell." Credit: Neoclassical Films