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This is Helly Luv (born Helan Abdulla in Iran). Helly Luv is a Kurdish singer and actress. After escaping Iran during the Persian Gulf War, her family found themselves in Turkey, homeless. Eventually, they were accepted to become citizens of Finland. In 2006, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue singing. 

In 2014, she starred in the international film Mardan, as the lead Leila. For this, she attended the International Toronto Film Festival, being the first Kurdish actress to attend. That year,  Helly Luv started her own non-profit organization, called Luv House to give aid to people and animals in need in Kurdistan.

Last year, she filmed her music video for the song Revolution in an abandoned village near Mosul. During filming, the ISIL were fighting just a few miles away.

Revolution (Warning: the video does have some graphic images throughout depicting the war)

Risk It All

The New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter Jane Campion, winner of the Palme d’or for The Piano, will be the President of the Jury of the 67th Festival de Cannes. Cannes has always sought to adopt a universal and international approach, and in tune with this tradition, Campion will be surrounded by eight luminaries of world cinema, from China, Korea, Denmark, Iran, the United States, France and Mexico.

As in 2009 the Jury will therefore include five women and four men. Their task will be to decide between the 18 films in Competition in order to select the winners – to be announced on stage at the ceremony on Saturday 24th May. The winner of the Palme d’or will be screened during the Festival’s closing evening on Sunday 25th of May, in the presence of the Jury and the entire team of the winning film.

THE JURY

  • Jane CAMPIONPresident (Director, Screenwriter, Producer – New Zealand) 
  • Carole BOUQUET (Actress – France)
  • Sofia COPPOLA (Director, Screenwriter, Producer – United States)
  • Leila HATAMI (Actress – Iran)
  • JEON Do-yeon (Actress – South Korea)
  • Willem DAFOE (Actor – United States)
  • Gael GARCIA BERNAL (Actor, Director, Producer – Mexico)
  • JIA Zhangke (Director, Screenwriter, Producer – China) 
  • Nicolas Winding REFN (Director, Screenwriter, Producer – Denmark)