Mazzacurati to preside over De Laurentiis jury

ROME — The Venice Film Festival has tapped Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul to head the jury of its cutting-edge Horizons section.

The Lido also announced that Italo helmer Carlo Mazzacurati will preside the Luigi De Laurentiis Venice Award jury for a first work; while Roberta Torre will head the jury of the Controcampo Italiano section dedicated to new trends in Italian cinema.

Weerasethakul, whose “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” took the 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or, seems a good fit for the Lido’s recently reconfigured Horizons.

Venice artistic director Marco Mueller last year opened up the section to works in different formats to attract more submissions from the broader visual arts world and make it more of a laboratory for cutting-edge cinema.

Mueller in a statement praised the prominent Thai helmer, also known for his short films, videoworks and installations, for having “built a career that straddles both art and cinema.”

Weerasethakul’s “Syndromes and a Century” unspooled in the 2006 Venice competish.

Mazzacurati was in last’s year’s Lido competition with “The Passion,” while Torre’s “Lost Kisses” screened in the 2010 Controcampo.

As previously announced, Darren Aronofsky will preside over the fest’s main jury.

The 68th Venice Intl. Film Festival will run Aug. 31-Sept. 10.

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