American director Jonathan Demme will head the Orizzonti, or Horizons, section dedicated to world cinema that awards prizes for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor or Actress, Best Short and a Special Jury award.
Meanwhile, Italian helmer Saverio Costanzo will lead the Luigi di Laurentiis jury, which awards the Lion of the Future to a debut film. Accompanied by a cash prize of $100,000 split between the director and producer, this is the Venice equivalent of Cannes’ Camera d’Or.
Ahead of Venice, Demme will take his new film, Meryl Streep-starrer “Ricki and the Flash,” to the Locarno Film Festival in August. Also a Venice perennial, Costanzo’s little-seen, effectively creepy domestic thriller “Hungry Hearts” won both Coppa Volpi awards last year: Best Actress for Alba Rohrwacher and Best Actor for Adam Driver.
As already announced, director Alfonso Cuarón will head up the Competition jury when the festival unfolds on the Lido from September 2 to 12.