Guillermo del Toro to chair the International Jury at the Venice Film Festival
by Camillo De Marco
- The Mexican director, who won the Golden Lion at Venice and is in the running for 13 Oscars for The Shape of Water, will lead the jury tasked with handing out the Golden Lion and other official awards
Director Guillermo del Toro – who won the Golden Lion at Venice last year and has been nominated for a total of 13 Oscars for The Shape of Water – will be the chair of the International Jury of the Competition at the 75th Venice Film Festival (29 August–8 September 2018), which will hand out the Golden Lion for Best Film and the other official awards.
"To serve as president at Venice is an immense honour and responsibility that I accept with respect and gratitude,” stated the Mexican director upon accepting the offer. “Venice is a window to world cinema and the opportunity to celebrate its power and cultural relevance."
Venice’s festival director, Alberto Barbera, opined: “Guillermo del Toro personifies generosity, a love for movies past or future, and a passion for the kind of cinema that can spark emotions, affect people and, at the same time, make them reflect. By virtue of his lively imagination, uncommon sensitivity and his trust in the power of images, he has brought to life a fantastic universe in which love and fear can coexist, and to treasure diversity is a fundamental value. We are pleased and honoured that he has agreed to preside over the jury of the 75th Venice Film Festival, after having illuminated the previous edition with the dazzling beauty of The Shape of Water. He will be a genial, inquisitive and enthusiastic president.”
(Translated from Italian)
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