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Two-time Golden Lion winner Ang Lee will head the jury at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival.

The Venice veteran has won the festival's top prize in two of the past four editions, adding them to a crowded trophy shelf that includes an Oscar and two Berlin Golden Bears. His Golden Lions were for "Brokeback Mountain" in 2005 and the World War II-era espionage thriller "Lust, Caution" two years later.

Venice organizers said Friday that Lee, a native of Taiwan, was nominated for the role by the festival's artistic director, Marco Mueller, then approved by its board of directors.

As jury president, Lee will be responsible for awarding the 2009 Golden Lion and other main prizes. The other jury members have not been announced.

The Venice Film Festival will run Sept. 2-12. (partialdiff)
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