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VENICE 2024

The jury members for the Venice Competition are all present and correct

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- Eight jurors will be on hand to back up chair Isabelle Huppert, tasked with handing out the Golden Lion for Best Film and the other official awards

The jury members for the Venice Competition are all present and correct
(l-r, top row first): James Gray (© Martin Kraft), Andrew Haigh (© Filmwax Radio), Agnieszka Holland (© Martin Kraft), Kleber Mendonça Filho (© Roberto Stuckert Filho), Abderrahmane Sissako (© Georges Biard), Giuseppe Tornatore (© Unifrance), Julia von Heinz (© Elena Ternovaja) and Zhang Ziyi (© Dick Thomas Johnson)

We now know the identities of the eight jury members who, guided by chair Isabelle Huppert (see the news), will hand out the Golden Lion for Best Film and the other official awards at the 81st Venice Film Festival (28 August-7 September), headed up by Alberto Barbera.

Besides the iconic French actress, the international jury for the Venezia 81 Competition will comprise: US writer-director James Gray, who scooped the Silver Lion at Venice in 1994 for Little Odessa, and who was again in competition on the Lido in 2019 with Ad Astra; UK writer-director Andrew Haigh, who was in competition at Venice in 2017 with Lean on Pete [+see also:
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, and was behind other titles such as Weekend [+see also:
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and, more recently, All of Us Strangers [+see also:
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; Polish writer-director-producer Agnieszka Holland, who has been nominated for the Oscars three times and won the Special Jury Prize at Venice last year for Green Border [+see also:
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; Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, who pocketed the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2019 for Bacurau [+see also:
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; Mauritanian writer-director-producer Abderrahmane Sissako, who helmed the first-ever Oscar-nominated Mauritanian movie, Timbuktu [+see also:
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, as well as this year’s Berlinale competitor Black Tea [+see also:
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; Italian writer-director Giuseppe Tornatore, winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film with Cinema Paradiso (1989) and partaking in Venice in 2021 with the documentary Ennio [+see also:
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; German writer-director Julia von Heinz, who was in competition at Venice in 2020 with And Tomorrow the Entire World [+see also:
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, while her latest film, Treasure [+see also:
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, was presented at this year’s Berlinale; and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Grandmaster), whose directorial debut, Poem (2021), was hugely successful with the critics in China.

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The Golden Lion for Best Film and the other official awards (which include the Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize, Silver Lion for Best Director, Volpi Cup for Best Actress, Volpi Cup for Best Actor, Special Jury Prize, Award for Best Screenplay, and Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress) will be announced and handed out on Saturday 7 September, during the closing ceremony of the 81st Venice Film Festival, on the stage of the Sala Grande in the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido.

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(Translated from Italian)

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