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Jodie Foster Gets Jury Duty

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

Looks like Jodie Foster is going to put her French to good use.

The two-time Oscar-winning actress and sometime director has been tapped by the 54th Cannes International Film Festival to serve as the head of the event's jury this year, Daily Variety says.

"[Foster] is a very intelligent woman, and we are confident she will handle the rest of the jury in a diplomatic way," festival head honcho Gilles Jacob told Variety.

Foster is no stranger to Cannes and the French culture. The actress first set foot on festival ground back in 1976 for the screening of "Taxi Driver," which won the Palme d'Or that year, and Foster's mother is French. Foster speaks the language fluently.

The Cannes Film Festival kicks off May 9 and runs through May 20.

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