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Apichatpong Weerasethakul to Head Venice's Orizzonti Jury

Apichatpong Weerasethakul in Cannes, France after winning the Palme d'Or for best picture at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes for "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Loves," will head the jury for the Venice Film Festival's Orizzonti (Horizons) sidebar. The section focuses on cutting edge international cinema. Weerasethakul competed in the festival's main section back in 2006 with "Syndromes and a Century."

In other jury announcements, Italian director Carlo Mazzacurati, whose "La Passione" competed in Venice last year, has been named president of the jury judging the "Luigi De Laurentiis" Award for a Debut Film; while Roberta Torre will head the jury for the Italian cinema showcase, the Controcampo Italiano selection. Her latest feature, "Lost Kisses," opened the same section last year.

As previously announced, Darren Aronofsky will serve as the president of the International Jury, who award the Golden Lion and other official prizes.

The 68th Venice International Film Festival runs (August 31 – September 10, 2011. For more on this year's jury go here.

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