Venice Film Festival: Elizabeth Banks, Diane Kruger Join Main Jury

Elizabeth Banks Main - H 2015
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Elizabeth Banks Main - H 2015

The actresses join the 72nd edition’s jury, led by Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuaron.

Actresses Diane Kruger and Elizabeth Banks are among the nine members of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival jury, organizers said Monday. As previously announced, Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron will serve as president of the jury this year.

Banks made her directorial debut this year with Pitch Perfect 2, and was recently nominated for an Emmy for her role on Modern Family. She can next be seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 in November and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, which premieres Friday on Netflix.

Kruger is best known for her role as Bridget von Hammersmark in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. The German actress can next be seen in Gabriele Muccino’s Fathers and Daughters alongside Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried.

Other jury members announced include French writer and director Emmanuel Carrere, Turkey’s Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan, British director/screenwriter Lynne Ramsay and Pawel Pawlikowski, winner of the 2015 Oscar for best foreign language film for Ida.

The Assassin director Hou Hsiao-hsien will also represent on the jury. His film A City of Sadness won the Golden Lion in Venice in 1989. Italian director Francesco Munzi also will serve as a jury member. His mafia drama Anime Nere, which premiered in Venice last year, swept Italy's David di Donatello awards this year, taking home nine awards.

Jonathan Demme will preside over the Venice festival's Horizons section jury. New Horizons jury members announced Monday include French director Alix Delaporte, Spanish actress Paz Vega, Hong Kong director Fruit Chan and Italian actress Anita Caprioli.

And members of the jury for the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film—Lion of the Future include jury president and Italian director Saverio Costanzo, Hong Kong producer Roger Garcia, French film critic Natacha Laurent, Mexican journalist Daniela Michel, and American director Charles Burnett. The award comes with a cash prize of $100,000 to be split between the director and producer.

The 72nd Venice International Film Fest takes place Sept. 2-12.