Spanish director set for Montreal fest gig

Veteran Spanish director Vicente Aranda will helm the international jury of the 35th Montreal World Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday.

A founding mem- ber of the 1960s avant garde Barcelona School of Film movement, Aranda, 84, is a self-taught filmmaker and late starter.

He made his feature directing debut in 1964 with “Promising Future” and has since helmed more than two dozen pics, primarily lit adaptations, including global fave “Lovers” (1990), Spanish box office hit “The Turkish Passion” (1994) and, more recently, “Lolita’s Club” and “Hot Moon.”

Aranda is also known for helming the five-part 1990 Spanish miniseries “Riders of the Dawn,” based on Jesus Fernandez Santos’ novel about the anarchist movement during the Spanish civil war.

The festival recently announced that Catherine Deneuve will receive its Grand Prize of the Americas as part of a career tribute. The fest runs Aug. 18-28.

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