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‘Barbie’ director Greta Gerwig to preside over 77th Cannes Film Festival jury

Los Angeles, December 14, 2023, The Europe Today: The 40-year-old Gerwig, also an actor and screenwriter, takes the baton from Sweden’s Ruben Ostlund, whose jury awarded the 2023 Palme d’Or to courtroom drama “Anatomy of a Fall”.

She is the first American woman filmmaker to take on the role, the festival said in a statement.

Gerwig’s presence will provide a youthful flair to Cannes, which has not had such a young president since 1966 when it was led by then 31-year-old Sophia Loren.

She is also the first woman since actor Cate Blanchett in 2018 to assume the prestigious position, where men remain overrepresented.

Aside from “Barbie”, a vivid feminist satire about the all-conquering line of plastic dolls, Gerwig has also directed “Lady Bird” (2017) and “Little Women” (2020).

She is working on an adaptation of “The Chronicles of Narnia” for Netflix and has also starred in more than two dozen films.