Darren Aronofsky considers the Venice Film festival to be his good-luck charm. He debuted in Venice both The Wrestler, which won the Golden Lion in 2008, and Black Swan, which opened the festival last year. Both went on to become top awards contenders; Natalie Portman won the best actress Oscar. His first film to compete in Venice was The Fountain in 2006.
Now Aronofsky will pay back Venice’s good karma as president of the International Jury for the Competition. The 68th fest, which runs from August 31 through September 10, calls Aronofsky “a key figure of contemporary cinema.” He follows in another American director’s footsteps; Quentin Tarantino led the Venice jury last year, which awarded the Lion to Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere.
Aronofsky might have been working this summer, but withdrew from directing Fox’s latest Wolverine.