American star Julianne Moore will lead the jury of the main competition at the 79th Venice Film Festival. The jury also included Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, a British writer of Japanese origin, whose novel “Crumbs of the Day” was filmed with major roles by Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
Julianne Moore is the sixth actress in history to be honored to lead the jury of the Main Competition, the oldest film festival on the Old Continent. Before her, the chairmen of the jury were equally famous film stars: Irini Papas, Gong Li, Catherine Deneuve, Annette Bening and Cate Blanchett. The latter was also the chairman of the jury at the Cannes festival.
In addition, this year the Venetian jury will also include directors: Mariano Cohn z ArgentinaLeonardo Di Costanzo with Italianwinner of the Golden Lion in 2021 Audrey Diwan with FranceSpanish filmmaker Rodrigo Sorogoyen, actress with Iran Leila Hatami, as well as the aforementioned writer and screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro.
The 79th Venice International Film Festival will run from August 31 to September 10.
Ladies have a head start?
Julianne Moore, the great star of American cinema, the winner An Oscar For her role as a professor of linguistics suffering from Alzheimer’s in the film “Butterfly Still Alice”, she herself calls herself a veteran of the Venice festival. And indeed: the Lido festival appreciated her much earlier, before Hollywood was recognized by her talent.
It was in Venice in 1993 that, along with the rest of the cast, she received a special Volpi Cup for her role in Robert Altman’s film “Shortcuts”. A decade later, in 2002, she was recognized as the best actress of the festival, receiving the Volpi Cup for the second time for her role in Todd Haynes’ film “Far From Heaven”. She later received one of her four Oscar nominations for this role.
The organizers of the Venetian festival, criticized for years for the lack of films by female directors, have recently been doing what they can to make us notice that they care about the presence of women and appreciate them. Two years ago, the jury was led by Cate Blanchett, this time we have Julianne Moore. This is probably why the highly controversial Golden Lion was awarded last year to a woman – Audrey Diwan and her film “It Has Happened”, telling the story of a student set in the 1960s, who becomes an unwanted pregnancy and decides to terminate it despite the prohibition of abortion. And although the critics received the film with mixed feelings, it was by far the most feminist film in the competition.
The organizers have not yet announced the list of titles that will compete for the Golden Lion, the main prize of the Venetian event. This will be the key message. It is to be expected that the media will record whether this time the longtime artistic director of the event, Alberto Barbera, made sure that the number of films made by women was not symbolic.
It is also known that the Honorary Golden Lion for lifetime achievement will also be received by a woman this time. And what it is! It will be an icon of French and world cinema Catherine Deneuve.
Nobel Prize winner among the jury members
It is also worth noting the presence of the 2017 Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro in the jury, which is not often the case at film festivals. He is best known to fans of the Tenth Muse as the author of the novel “Crumbs of the Day”, adapted by James Ivory, nominated for eight Oscars and made famous by the great actors of Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins.
Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of eight novels, the most famous of which, apart from “The Crumbs of the Day”, are “The Painter of the Illusive World”, “Don’t Forsake Me”, “The Buried Giant” and “Clare and the Sun”.
The writer is very lucky to have his novels filmed in Great Britain. The novel “Don’t Abandon Me”, starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, was also very popular. Over time, Ishiguro also began writing for cinema. His original screenplays include James Ivory’s “The White Countess” and the sensational “Saddest Music in the World” by independent Canadian director Guy Maddin.
In the coming days, we should get to know the list of films that qualified for the main competition of the 79th edition of the Venetian festival.
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