Ahead of its official lineup being released last week (and amid rumors of what said lineup will consist of), the Venice Film Festival has announced the filmmakers and actors who will be on jury duty beginning late next month. Laurie Anderson, Gemma Arterton, Giancarlo De Cataldo, Nina Hoss, Chiara Mastroianni, Joshua Oppenheimer, Lorenzo Vigas and Zhao Wei will be heading the Competition jury alongside Sam Mendes, who’s serving as president this year.
Heading the Orizzonti section, meanwhile, is French director Robert Guédiguian. He’ll be joined by J. Hoberman, Nelly Karim, Valentina Lodovini, Moon So-ri, José Maria (Chema) Prado and Chaitanya Tamhane. Kim Rossi Stuart is leading the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film — Lion of the Future jury with Rosa Bosch, Brady Corbet, Pilar López de Ayala and Serge Toubiana.
Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” followup “La La Land,” which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has been announced as this year’s opening-night selection, while Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” are among the titles expected to be announced as part of the full lineup next week. The 73rd Venice Film Festival begins on August 31 and runs through September 10.