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Scorsese Has Cannes-Do Spirit

Oscar winner Martin Scorsese (good to finally be able to call him that) will be a busy man at next month's 60th annual Cannes Film Festival.

Although he may not have a film in competition, the "Departed" helmer will be presenting, teaching and announcing in Cannes.

The Festival announced this week that Scorsese will teach a "masterclass" on May 24 in which he will "evoke his work as a director and his passion for the cinema." He follows previous masterclass teachers like Oliver Stone, Nanni Moretti and Sydney Pollack.

Then, on Sunday, May 27, Scorsese will take the stage at the Cannes closing awards ceremony to present the Camera d'or, the laurel given to the director of the best first film in competition.

In addition, Scorsese will announce the launch of his World Cinema Foundation, devoted to the preservation and restoration of the masterpieces of world cinema, during the Festival.

Scorsese and Cannes go way back. Long before the Oscar voters decided to finally cut him a break, Scorsese won the prestigious Palme d'or in 1976 for "Taxi Driver." In 1998, he served as president of the Cannes jury.

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