Fatih Akin, Shirin Neshat chair Venice juries

To award two of the main secondary prizes

ROME -- German-Turkish auteur Fatih Akin and Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat will chair the juries that will hand out two of the main secondary prizes at the 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival this summer.

Both Akin and Neshat are Venice regulars: Akin won the special jury prize at last year's festival for "Soul Kitchen," while Neshat has the are distinction of having won a major prize at both the Venice Film Festival, where her first feature film "Woman Without Men" won her the Silver Lion award for best director, and at the Venice Art Biennale, where she won a Golden Lion ten years earlier for a set of video installations called "Turbulent" and "Rapture."

At this year's event, Akin will chair the jury that will select the winner of the Luigi de Laurentiis Award for debut films, while Neshat will head the International Orizzonti Jury, which will be open to all films with what festival organizers call "unusual formats."
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