×

Venice Film Festival: Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall, John Landis on Jury Duty; Full Roster Released

ROME – The Venice Film Festival has announced the full roster of its main competition jury, which will include actress Rebecca Hall, “Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright, and Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi, whose “On Body and Soul” won this year’s Berlin Golden Bear.

They will decide the fest’s main prizes alongside French actress Anna Mouglalis, Mexican film director and producer Michel Franco, Australian film critic David Stratton, Italian actress Jasmine Trinca, and Hong Kong-based film director and photographer Yonfan.

As previously announced, four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening will preside over the main jury, the first woman since 2006 to head the panel.

The festival also announced Sunday that U.S. director John Landis will head the jury of the new Venice Virtual Reality section, which organizers tout as the first-ever competition for VR works launched by a major film fest.

Of the main competition jurors, Franco, whose latest feature as a director is “April’s Daughter,” produced 2015 Venice Golden Lion winner “From Afar” by Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas. British actress Hall most recently starred in Brooklyn-set romantic comedy “Permission,” which bowed positively at Tribeca, while her countryman Wright (pictured) is making a splash in the U.S. with “Baby Driver.”

Mouglalis (“Coco Chanel”) plays the lead in upcoming horror thriller “The Most Assassinated Woman in the World.” Stratton is a television personality and former Variety reviewer, and also the subject of the documentary “David Stratton: A Cinematic Life,” which screened recently at Cannes. Trinca scooped this year’s best actress award at Cannes for “Fortunata.” Yonfan has written, directed and produced 13 often sexually daring movies, including melodrama “Prince of Tears,” which competed in Venice in 2009.

The festival also announced Sunday the jury members of its Horizons section, which is dedicated to more cutting-edge fare. Italian auteur Gianni Amelio (“The Stolen Children”) will oversee a panel consisting of Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad, whose “Tales” won the 2014 Venice best screenplay prize; U.S. director Ami Canaan Mann, whose “Texas Killing Fields” competed on the Lido in 2011; Irish-Scottish director Mark Cousins, best known for his 15-hour documentary, “The Story of Film: An Odyssey”; Argentine screenwriter Andres Duprat, whose “The Distinguished Citizen” just won multiple nods at the Platino Ibero-American Film Awards; Belgian director Fien Troch, whose “Home” took the 2016 Horizons best director prize; and French writer-director Rebecca Zlotowski, whose “Planetarium,” starring Natalie Portman, screened in Venice last year.

French director Benoit Jacquot will head the Lion of the Future jury, which will hand out Venice’s award for best first feature. The other members of the jury are British film lecturer and BFI film programmer Geoff Andrew; veteran Hong Kong-based producer Albert Lee; Italian actress Greta Scarano (“Suburra”); and Greek director Yorgos Zois (“Interruption”). The award recognizes the best debut feature across all competitive sections at the festival and comes with $100,000, to be divided equally between the director and the producer.

Landis will be joined on the VR jury by French screenwriter and film director Celine Sciamma, who directed “Tomboy” and penned “My Life as a Zucchini,” and Italian actor and director Ricky Tognazzi (“Ultrà”).

Italian director Giuseppe Piccioni (“Not of This World”) will preside over the jury of film students who award the Venezia Classics Awards for best restored classic and  best documentary on cinema.

The 74th Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 9.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Lindsay Lindenbaum on 'Tomboy,' Female Drummers,

    How 'Tomboy' Filmmaker Used SXSW Cancellation to Fine-Tune Her Film

    “Tomboy” filmmaker Lindsay Lindenbaum spent five years following four female drummers trying to make it in a male-dominated world. Lindenbaum profiles Bobbye Hall, a drummer who started at Motown Records in the late ’60s and later toured with Bob Dylan. Samantha Maloney, whose obsession with MTV’s “Headbangers Ball” as a teenager led her to fall [...]

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Wipe Out All of Summer Blockbuster Season?

    Say goodbye to blockbuster season — at least for this year. After would-be summer hits from Disney, Warner Bros., and Universal already vacated their release dates, Sony Pictures announced Monday that its comic book adventure “Morbius,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and virtually all of its upcoming tentpoles were being moved into the fall or beyond. It was [...]

  • Dodgers Stadium Empty

    Movie Theaters and Concerts Could See Major Attendance Drop Post-Pandemic (Study)

    After a month of increasing anxiety and self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, audiences in the U.S. are largely not eager to return to public events once the crisis subsides, according to a new study. In a survey of 1,000 consumers in the U.S., 44% of respondents said they would attend fewer large public events, [...]

  • 'Dolphin Reef' Review: A Dazzling Look

    'Dolphin Reef' on Disney Plus: Film Review

    Out of the vast universe of nature documentaries, I don’t think I’m alone in finding films about life under the sea to occupy a special place. The very fact that they exist, of course, is amazing — though when you watch one, part of the wonder is that you’re not thinking about how aquamarine filmmakers [...]

  • CONJURING DAD – In Disney and

    What's Coming to Disney Plus in April 2020

    Disney Plus will continue to expand its library next month, adding older films as well as new episodes of its original programming. Less than a month after its release on March 6, Pixar’s “Onward” is making an early jump to Disney’s streaming platform amid the coronavirus pandemic. With the vast majority of theaters now closed [...]

  • Black AF Netflix

    Everything Coming to Netflix in April

    As everyone continues to self-quarantine and practice social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s no better “at-home” activity than catching up on all the new films and shows streaming on Netflix this April. A number of new series are set to premiere on the streaming platform, including “Never Have I Ever,” “#BlackAf,” “OuterBanks,” “The [...]

  • Steven Spielberg AFI Movie Club

    Steven Spielberg Launches AFI's New Movie Club With 'The Wizard of Oz'

    As the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate and Americans face more time in quarantine, “There’s no place like home” resonates in an entirely different way, with the power to save millions – not just Dorothy. Aiming to encourage social distancing, the American Film Institute announced the launch of the AFI Movie Club with the help [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content