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Venice International Film Festival Names Juries to Join Presidents Cuaron, Demme and Constanzo

Venice International Film Festival Names Juries to Join Presidents Cuaron, Demme and Constanzo

The three juries at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (September 2-12,  2015) are: the Venezia 72 Competition; The Orizzonti; and the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for Best Debut Film.  

Venezia 72 Competition Jury:

  • President, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, who debuted his Oscar-winning “Gravity” opening night at Venice, has often participated in the Venice Film Festival, where in 2001 he presented “Y tu mama también.” He was in competition again in 2006 with “Children of Men.” 
  • French author, screenwriter and director Emmanuel Carrère, author of the bestsellers “Limonov” (2011) and “Le Royaume” (2015) among many others.
  • Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winner of the 2014 Cannes Palme d’Or for “Winter Sleep”
  • Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski (“Ida”) winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2015
  • Italian director Francesco Munzi, in competition at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in 2014 with “Anime nere,” winner of nine David di Donatello awards in 2015.
  • Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival in 1989 for “A City of Sadness,” and in competition at Cannes 2015 with “The Assassin,” which won the award for Best Director.
  • German actress Diane Kruger, who played Bridget von Hammersmark in “Inglourious Basterds” (2009) by Quentin Tarantino.
  • British director and screenwriter Lynne Ramsay, acclaimed by critics and nominated at the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for her film “We Need to Talk about Kevin” (2011).
  • American actress and director Elizabeth Banks (“Hunger Games” and “Love & Mercy”), who made her directorial debut with the hit comedy “Pitch Perfect 2.”

The Jury of Venezia 72 will award the following official prizes to the feature films in Competition: Golden Lion for Best Film, Silver Lion for Best Director, Grand Jury Prize, Coppa Volpi for Best Actor, Coppa Volpi for Best Actress, “Marcello Mastroianni” Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress, Award for Best Screenplay,  Special Jury Prize. 

Orizzonti Jury

  • President, Jonathan Demme won an Oscar for Best Director for “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). He has directed over forty films, many of which have become cult movies, starting with “Melvin and Howard” (1980) and “Philadelphia” (1993). He has presented many of his films at the Venice, including “The Manchurian Candidate” in 2004, “Jimmy Carter Man From Plains” in 2007, “Rachel Getting Married” in 2008, “I’m Caroline Parker: the Good, the Bad and the Beautiful” in 2011 and “Enzo Avitabile Music Life” in 2012.
  • French director and screenwriter Alix Delaporte, in competition in Venice in 2014 with “The Last Hammer Blow,” for which Romain Paul won the “Marcello Mastroianni” Prize.
  • Spanish actress Paz Vega, who broke out in Julio Medem’s 200l film “Sex and Lucia,” for which won the Goya award for Best Debut Actress.
  • Hong Kong director Fruit Chan, twice in competition at the Venice Film Festival, with “Durian Durian” (2000) and “Hollywood, Hong Kong” (2001). In 2014 he directed “The Midnight After,” presented at the Berlin Film Festival.
  • Italian actress Anita Caprioli starred in “Immaturi” (2011) and “Corpo celeste” (2011) by Alice Rohrwacher.

 The Jury of Orizzonti will award the following prizes: Orizzonti Award for Best Film; Orizzonti Award for Best Director; Special Orizzonti Jury Prize; Orizzonti Award for Best Actor or Actress; Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film. 

Jury for “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film – Lion of the Future

  • President, Italian director Saverio Costanzo, made his debut feature film in 2004, “Private,” which won the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno Film Festival and the David di Donatello for Best Debut Director. His next film, “In memoria di me” (2007), presented in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, won two Nastri d’Argento. He has participated twice in the Venice Film Festival, both times in Competition: in 2010 with “La solitudine dei numeri primi” and in 2014 with “Hungry Hearts,” a film that won both Coppa Volpi awards for Best Actress and Best Actor.
  • Hong Kong producer Roger Garcia, executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival since 2010 and a pioneer in the promotion and distribution of Asian cinema around the world.
  • French film critic and historian Natacha Laurent, director of the Cinémathèque de Toulouse for ten years until June 2015, an expert in Russian and Soviet cinema.
  • American director Charles Burnett, one of the most important independent American filmmakers, author of the cult film “To Sleep with Anger” (1990), winner of three Independent Spirit Awards.
  • Mexican journalist Daniela Michel, founder and director since 2003 of the Morelia Film Festival, the most important launching pad for young Mexican filmmakers.

The Jury will award to one of the debut feature-length films from the various competition sections of the Venice Film Festival (Official Selection and Independent and Parallel Sidebars), the Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film, with a cash prize of 100,000 USD donated by Filmauro, to be divided equally between the director and the producer.

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