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Venice names competish jury

Panel includes Todd Haynes, David Byrne

The Venice Film Festival has recruited Todd Haynes, David Byrne and Gallic auteur Andre Techine to serve as jurors for its main competition.

Other jurors, joining previously announced jury prexy Darren Aronofsky, are Finnish visual artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Italo helmer Mario Martone and Italo actress Alba Rohrwacher.

Haynes is a Venice regular, most recently on the Lido with “I’m Not There” in 2007. Byrne has close ties to Italy’s film community as soundtrack composer of Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor,” and, more recently, of Paolo Sorrentino’s “This Must Be the Place.”

Techine is also a Lido aficionado who debuted at the fest with his “Pauline Is Leaving” in 1969, and chose Venice as the location for his latest film, “Impardonnables.”

Martone’s “We Believed” screened in the Venice competish last year, as did “The Solitude of Prime Numbers,” starring Rohrwacher, and helmed by Saverio Costanzo.

Ahtila is a two-time attendee of the Venice visual arts Biennale, most recently in 2005 with her work “The Hour of Prayer,” projected onto four screens.

The Venice fest’s 68th edition will run Aug. 31-Sept. 10. Lineup will be announced July 28.

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