Locarno Film Fest Picks Venice Winner Gianfranco Rossi, Rutger Hauer to Head Juries

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Syrian director Ossama Mohammed will head a jury honoring emerging filmmakers.

ROME — Gianfranco Rosi, whose acclaimed Sacro GRA became the first documentary to ever win the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion award and the first Italian film to win it in 15 years, will head the main jury at the Locarno Film Festival, officials announced Monday.

Rosi will head the five-person jury that will award the 67-year-old festival's main prizes, including best film. He will be joined by German filmmaker Thomas Arslan, Brazilian actress Alice Braga, actress Connie Nielsen of Denmark, and Chinese director Diao Yi'nan.

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The August 6-16 festival also announced the juries for the three other sections.

Actor Rutger Hauer will head the jury for the Pardi di domani, which recognizes short- and medium-length films from emerging young filmmakers, while Syrian director Ossama Mohammed will head the jury for the Cineasti del Presente competition for first and second feature films.

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The prize for best first film, picked from among the selections that screen in the main competition, the Cineasti del Presente competition, the films shown in the festival's famed Piazza Grande venue and out-of-competition films in the official selection, will be selected by critics and festival programmers Emmanuel Burdeau of France, Argentina's Luciano Monteagudo, and Adrea Picard from Canada.

The picturesque lakeside Swiss festival will announce its full lineup on Wednesday.

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