American filmmaker Damien Chazelledirector of films such as “Babylon” or “La La Land”, has been chosen as president of the International Jury of the 80th Venice Film Festival, which will take place between August 30 and September 9, the organization reported today.
“For ten days every year this city of art, by Tintoretto, Titian and Veronese, is transformed into a city of cinema, and I am flattered and honored to be invited to lead this year’s jury. I can’t wait to discover this new selection of great films”, said the filmmaker when accepting the presidency of the jury in a note.
Chazelle has opened the Venice Film Festival twice with one of his films, in 2016 with “La La Land” and in 2018 with “First Man”.
“La La Land” earned 14 Oscar nominations and won six, including Best Director, making him the youngest director to receive this award, while his recent film “Babylon” (2022) received three Oscar nominations.
The Jury of this edition of the “Mostra”, whose members have not yet been communicated, is in charge of assigning the following official prizes to the feature films in competition.
It is about the Golden Lion for Best Film; Silver Lion, Grand Jury Prize; Silver Lion for Best Director; Volpi Cup for Best Female Performance and Best Male Performance: Special Jury Award, Best Screenplay Award, Marcello Mastroianni Award for a young emerging actor or actress.
On the other hand, it was also announced that the French director Alice Diop will be the president of the jury that will award the Venice Opera Prima Award “Luigi De Laurentiis” and the Italian director Jonas Carpignano will preside over the jury of the “Orizzonti” section.
With information from EFE
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