Alfonso Cuaron Named Venice Film Festival Jury President

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The Oscar-winning director will lead the jury at the 72nd Venice Film Festival.

Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron will head the jury at the 72nd Venice Film Festival this year. The Mexican-born director is a regular at Venice, with all of his Oscar-nominated films making their world debut at the festival.

His film Gravity opened the 2013 Venice Film Festival and went on to win him two Oscars, for best director and best film editing, taking home seven Oscars in all.

In 2001, Y Tu Mama Tambien was nominated for best original screenplay, and in 2006, Children of Men was nominated for best adapted screenplay and best editing. 

Cuaron's 2001 Venice debut also resulted in much acclaim. Y Tu Mama Tambien took home the Osella Award for best screenplay for Alfonso and Carlos Cuaron and the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. Children of Men won an Osella Award for best cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki, who went on to win back-to-back Oscars for Gravity and Birdman, which also benefited from being a Venice opener in 2014.

As president, Cuaron will lead the jury that will award the Golden Lion for best film, the Silver Lion for best director, the Grand Jury Prize, Coppa Volpi for best actor and best actress, Marcello Mastroianni Award for best new young actor or actress, award for best screenplay, and Special Jury Prize. 

The 72nd Venice Film Festival takes place Sept. 2-12.

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