The Venice Film Festival has tapped Italo thesp Pierfrancesco Favino to head the jury of its cutting-edge Horizons section.
The Lido also announced that Indian helmer and producer Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth”) will preside over the Luigi De Laurentiis Venice Award jury for first films.
Favino is one of the rare A-list Italo actors who has landed several roles in Hollywood pics. He played Lord Glozelle in “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” Inspector Olivetti in “Angels and Demons” and, more recently, had a cameo as the late racecar driver Clay Regazzoni in Ron Howard’s Formula One pic “Rush.”
His career in Italy was launched by Gabriele Muccino’s “The Last Kiss” in 2001.
Under new artistic director Alberto Barbera the fest’s slimmed-down and reconfigured Horizons will feature 18 films, including docus. Section will also comprise a separate selection of shorts.
Kapur is not a newcomer to the Lido, where “Elizabeth” bowed out-of-competition in 1998.
The Luigi De Laurentiis jury will award the Lion of the Future and a $100,000 check to a feature debut picked from all competitive sections at the fest, including from the independently run Venice Days and Critics’ Week. The coin, given by Aurelio De Laurentiis’ Filmauro is to be split equally between helmer and producer.
As previously announced, Michael Mann will preside over the fest’s main jury.
The 69th Venice Film Festival will run Aug. 29 to Sept. 8.