Cate Blanchett appointed jury president for this year’s Venice Film Festival
- The Australian actress and producer will preside over the International Competition Jury of the 77th Venice Film Festival, which will unspool on the Lido between 2 – 12 September 2020
Australian actress and producer Cate Blanchett will preside over the International Competition Jury of the 77th Venice International Film Festival (running 2 – 12 September 2020), handing out the Golden Lion for Best Film, as well as a number of other official awards.
Accepting the offer, Blanchett, who has three Bafta awards, two Oscars, three Golden Globes and a Volpi Cup to her name, enthused: "Every year I look expectantly to the selection at Venice and every year it is surprising and distinct. Venice is one of the most atmospheric film festivals in the world – a celebration of the provocative and inspirational medium that is cinema in all its forms. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be this year’s jury president”.
“Cate Blanchett is not just an icon of contemporary cinema, courted by the greatest directors of the past twenty years and adored by moviegoers of every kind”, Venice’s artistic director Alberto Barbera remarked. “Her commitment in the artistic and humanitarian fields and to the protection of the environment, as well as her defence of the emancipation of women in a film industry still coming to terms with male prejudice, have made her an inspiration for society as a whole.”
“Her immense talent as an actress, combined with her unique intelligence and sincere passion for cinema, are the ideal qualities for a Jury President”, Barbera added. “It will be a great pleasure to welcome her to Venice again in this new capacity, after having applauded her magnificent performances in the films Elizabeth by Shekhar Kapur and I’m Not There by Todd Haynes, which won her the Volpi Cup as Best Actress in 2007”.
Cate Blanchett was previously a jury president at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in 2018, a year which saw the Palme d’Or awarded to the Japanese film Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda.
(Translated from Italian)
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