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Cannes picks Iranian cineaste Karimi for Cinefondation jury

TEHRAN, April 20 (Mehr News Agency) -- The 60th Cannes Film Festival has selected Iranian actress and director Niki Karimi to be on the jury of the Cinéfondation and the short films section of the event, which will take place from May 16 to 27.

Chinese director Jia Zhang ke will preside over the jury, which includes Deborah Nadoolman Landis (costume designer, USA), J.M.G. Le Clezio (writer, France), and Dominik Moll (director, France).

Karimi, 36, was also among the jury members for the debut features section of the 57th Berlin International Film Festival, which took place last February.

In addition, she was chosen to be on the jury of the international Thessaloniki film festival(Greece, 2002), and on the juries of many other film events, including Rennes (France 2003), Damascus (Syria 2004), Switzerland (2005), Delhi 'Osian' (India 2006), Reykjavik (Iceland 2006), and Izmir (Turkey, 2006).

Karimi has been widely acclaimed for her roles in many popular Iranian films, and has won numerous awards in international and Iranian events. She has also directed several short films and the two feature length movies "A Few Days Later" (2006), and "One Night" (2005).

She appears in Sirus Alvand's film "The Second Wife", which is currently at the postproduction stage.

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