Tim Burton to head Cannes film festival jury

Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:17pm EST
 
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PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. director Tim Burton is to head this year's Cannes film festival jury, organizers said on Tuesday.

Burton, who made his name with gothic fantasies ranging from "Edward Scissorhands" to "Sleepy Hollow" and "Batman" and whose "Ed Wood" was shown at Cannes in 1995 said he was looking forward to the two-week movie marathon that lay ahead.

"After spending my early life watching triple features and 48-hour horror movie marathons, I'm finally ready for this," he said in a statement.

"When you think of Cannes you think of world cinema. And as films have always been like dreams to me, this is a dream come true," he said.

The Cannes film festival runs from May 12-23.

(Writing by James Mackenzie, editing by Paul Casciato)

 
<p>Director Tim Burton arrives for a Museum of Modern Art tribute to him in New York November 17, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>