Venice Film Fest: Laurie Anderson and Joshua Oppenheimer Join Jury

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Associated Press

The full juries have been announced.

Joshua Oppenheimer and Laurie Anderson will be among the panelists of the upcoming Venice Film International Festival's main jury, it was announced Sunday. Led by president Sam Mendes, the international jury is a well-rounded mix of global talent this year.

Anderson will return to Venice after successfully bringing her autobiographical film Heart of a Dog to the competition last year. After a domestic run, the film premiered on HBO in the U.S.

Oppenheimer will join the jury after winning the Grand Jury Prize in Venice last year for his documentary The Look of Silence. The film went on to win 70 awards including the Independent Spirit Award for best documentary.

The first-ever Latin American winner of the Golden Lion for best film, Venezuelan helmer Lorenzo Vigas, who took home the prize last year for From Afar, will make his return to the Lido as a jury member as well.

Also on the international jury will be actress Chiara Mastroianni, a regular at Venice, as well as Chinese actress, director and singer Zhao Wei, whose 2013 film So Young is the highest-grossing movie ever in China for a female director.

Bond girl Gemma Arterton, Italian screenwriter Giancarlo De Cataldo and German actress Nina Hoss complete the panel.

Mendes and crew will be responsible for awarding the Golden Lion for best film, the Silver Lion for best director, the Grand Jury Prize, the Coppa Volpi for best actor and actress, the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best young actor or actress, the best screenplay award and the Special Jury Prize.

Joining French director Robert Guediguian, president of the Horizons section jury, will be American film critic-historian Jim Hoberman, Egyptian actress Nelly Karim, Italian actress Valentina Lodovini, South Korean actress-director Moon So-ri, Spanish film critic José Maria Prado and Indian filmmaker Chaitanya Tamhane.  

The jury for the Lion of the Future — “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a debut film, which comes with a cash prize of $100,000 for the film’s director and producer, will consist of Italian actor Kim Rossi Stuart (jury president), Spanish producer Rosa Bosch, French film critic Serge Toubiana, Spanish actress Pilar Lopez de Ayala, and American actor-director Brady Corbet. For his film The Childhood of a Leader, Corbet won the best debut film Lion last year and the Horizons Award for best director.

The Venice International Film Festival is set to run Aug. 31-Sept. 10. The full lineup will be announced Thursday.