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Croissants. Jerry Lewis. Men's capris. Now you can add something new to the list of things the French people love: Tim Burton.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the offbeat cinematic auteur will be taking his unique vision to France as the President of the Jury at this year's Festival de Cannes. The honor marks the culmination of a long affair between the director of such cult hits as 'Beetlejuice' and 'Edward Scissorhands' and the famed international film showcase: After screening his Johnny Depp vehicle 'Ed Wood' in 1995, Burton served on both the main jury in 1997 and the short film jury in 2006. Croissants. Jerry Lewis. Men's capris. Now you can add something new to the list of things the French people love: Tim Burton.

Yes, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the offbeat cinematic auteur will be taking his unique vision to France as the President of the Jury at this year's Festival de Cannes. The honor marks the culmination of a long affair between the director of such cult hits as 'Beetlejuice' and 'Edward Scissorhands' and the famed international film showcase: After screening his Johnny Depp vehicle 'Ed Wood' in 1995, Burton served on both the main jury in 1997 and the short film jury in 2006.

The honor, which comes one year after Pixar's 3D hit 'Up' opened the festival, marks another step in the venerable institution's recent commitment to showcasing animation, a move which seems prescient given last year's historically strong batch of animated films (including 'Coraline,' 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' and 'The Princess and the Frog,' among others) and pseudo-animated features such as 'Avatar.' The evolution of both the festival and cinema in general seem to make Burton a natural fit.

"The choice is both surprising and obvious, given the way in which Burton has quite subtly imposed his particular style, hallmark and unequaled imagination on international cinema," Cannes Artistic Director Thierry Frémaux stated on the festival website, which is awash in Burton. "He's a popular creator because he listens to his audiences and is a fantastically brilliant jack-of-all-trades kind of artist."

"It's the first time an artist whose origins are in animation will preside over the jury of the Festival de Cannes," Fesitval President Gilles Jacob added in the official press release, going on to say that, "a filmmaker with a heart of gold and silver hands, Tim Burton is first and foremost a poet. He's a magician of visual delights who turns the screen into a faery wonder. We hope his sweet madness and gothic humor will pervade the Croisette, bringing Christmas to all. Christmas and Halloween ..."

We're not quite sure just what that is supposed to mean, but Burton is taking the honor -- and the weirdness -- in stride. "It's a great honor and I look forward, with my fellow jurors, to watching some great films from around the world," he said. "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."

The 63 annual Festival de Cannes is scheduled to run from May 12-23 this year. Burton's latest effort, 'Alice in Wonderland,' opens domestically March 5.

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