Venice docu jury member opts out

Georgian Nino Kirtadze to remain in Tiblisi

VENICE -- The ongoing military crisis between Russia and Georgia has claimed at least one indirect casualty in Venice, as Georgian documentary filmmaker and actress Nino Kirtadze backed out of her role as a member of the festival's documentary competition jury so she can remain in Tiblisi.

Jury president Alessandro Signetto said the 40-year-old Kirtadze wants to be in Georgia as a gesture of support for the country. No replacement will be named for Kirtadze's spot on the jury.