Bel Ami’s Kristin Scott Thomas to emcee Cannes

PARIS — Kristin Scott Thomas will take center stage as mistress of ceremonies for the Festival de Cannes’ 63rd edition, festival organizers said Monday.

The British actress, who now also boasts a French nationality and resides in Paris, will reprise her 1999 role to host the opening and closing ceremonies. She will kick off the festival on May 12 by welcoming Tim Burton and his jury to the stage at the Palais des Festivals before returning on May 23 for closing night.

This year, Scott Thomas was nominated for a Cesar award for best actress and a BAFTA for best supporting actress for her role in Sam Taylor Wood’s recent Sundance 2010 title “Nowhere Boy.” She is currently shooting Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s “Bel Ami” opposite Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman in the story based on the Guy de Maupassant novel.

The internationally renowned actress succeeds 2008 and 2009 master of ceremonies French comedian Edouard Baer. Fest director Thierry Fremaux will announce the titles for this year’s festival on Thursday at a news conference in Paris.


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