Venice assembles selection team


ROME -- The crew that will select the films for the 65th annual Venice Film Festival will include six Italian advisors, including well-regarded film critics Enrico Magrello and Violetta Bellocchio, and 10 more correspondents from around the world.

The announcement of the team comes just two days after artistic director Marco Mueller was officially confirmed for a second four-year term at Venice's helm.

Over the previous four years, Mueller and his teams set a high standard for quality. Many films that have screened in Venice in recent years went on to reap critical and boxoffice success and, in each of the last two years, all of the 42 films that screened in competition in Venice were world premieres.

In addition to Magrello and Bellocchio -- both of whom work with media owned by state broadcaster RAI -- the Italian committee also includes critic and journalist Paolo Bertolin, screenwriter Marie-Pierre Duhamel, screenwriter Claudio Masenza and critic Alberto Pezzotta.

Internationally, the team will include Maria Barbieri and Maria Ruggieri, working from China, which has had a strong presence in Venice in recent years; Luciano Barisone, for South and Central America; Dora Bouchoucha, for African and Arab countries; Cecilia Cossio, for India; Fabio Fumagalli, for most of Western Europe; Eleonora Granata Jenkinson, for North America; Iran-based Babak Karimi; Japan's Mikiko Tomita; and Alena Shumakova, for most of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

This year's edition of the venerable Venice festival will take place around the building of a new Palazzo del Cinema, which will become the centerpiece of the festival beginning in 2010 or 2011. The festival will take place Aug. 27-Sept. 6.