Director Damien Chazelle Selected as Top Juror at Venice Film Festival

Director Damien Chazelle Selected as Top Juror at Venice Film Festival
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The jurors have been selected for this year’s Venice Film Festival, which will run for its 80th season from August 30 to September 9.

Heading the panels will be the U.S. director Damien Chazelle, whose acclaimed movies La La Land and First Man were featured at the festival in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
In accepting his post, Chazelle was quoted as saying: “For 10 days each year this city of the arts, of Tintoretto and Titian and Veronese, becomes a city of cinema, and I am humbled and delighted to be invited to lead this year’s jury. I can’t wait to discover a new crop of great films at the 80th Venice Film Festival.”

In addition to Chazelle, French director Alice Diop will be helming the jury for this year’s Luigi De Laurentiis Award for best debut film, and Italian director Jonas Carpignano will serve as president of the jury of the Orizzonti (Horizons) section, which honors experimental, cutting-edge works.

At last year’s festival, Diop’s debut Saint Omer feature was awarded the Venice Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize and the Lion of the Future. In accepting her appointment, Diop exclaimed: “What a great honor, what a great joy, to have been chosen to preside over the Luigi De Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film, at a festival that welcomed me and offered me so much last year. I am happy to pass on the baton this year and to work to see a new voice emerge in the cinematic landscape that the Venice Festival has always had….

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Carpignano, who directed Mediterranea, A Ciambra, and A Chiara, was equally pleased at his selection, declaring: “Year after year the rich and bold selection of Horizons offers us a deep immersion in the world of cinema. I can’t wait to live the emotions and to experience the diverse realities we will come to know in the theatres on the Lido. To have the opportunity to see some of the finest films of the year in one of the most beautiful places in the world is something truly special.
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