Isabelle Huppert to head Cannes jury

French actress has made 25 trips to the festival

PARIS -- French actress Isabelle Huppert will head the jury at this year's Festival de Cannes, organizers said Friday.

Huppert has become something of a fixture at France's premier film event, appearing in Cannes 25 times in various roles, including as a jury member and master of ceremonies.

She has won the festival's prestigious best actress award twice, the last time in 2001 for her role in "La Pianiste" by Austrian director Michael Haneke.

"Cannes is the open door to all the new ideas of the world. I am thrilled at the idea of being a privileged spectator in it," Huppert said.

It will be the second year running that the Cannes jury will be headed by an actor. In 2008, U.S. actor-director Sean Penn got the nod.

The 62nd Festival de Cannes is set to run May 13-24.
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