Quentin Tarantino will head the competition jury of the Venice Film Festival, Variety is reporting. Tarantino was praised by Venice fest head Marco Mueller as “one of the most startling directors in cinema today” in the article.
The director has never had a film actually screen at the fest, but he worked with the festival as “the ‘godfather’ of two important Venice sidebars, the Italian Kings of the B’s retro in 2004, and the Spaghetti Westerns retro in 2007.”
Variety also reported on a few films likely to screen in the official selection of the fest: Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” Monte Hellman’s noir “Road to Nowhere,” Julian Schnabel’s “Miral,” and Francois Ozon’s “Potiche.” “Miral” and “Potiche” in particular had once been considered strong contenders to play at Cannes. The Playlist has more on those possibilities, and also considers the idea of Terrance Malick’s “The Tree of Life” making its way to the Lido.
The 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival will run September 1-11, 2010.