Venice Film Festival Jury Adds Zhang Ziyi and James Gray
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Venice Film Festival Jury Adds Zhang Ziyi and James Gray

The International Jury for this year’s Venice International Film Festival has been finalized, with French actress Isabelle Huppert taking over as its president.

Now, American director and screenwriter James Gray, British director and screenwriter Andrew Haigh, Polish director, screenwriter and producer Agnieszka Holland, and Brazilian director-screenwriter Kleber Mendonça Filho are the newest members of the jury. They will be joined by Mauritanian director, screenwriter and producer Abderrahmane Sissako, Italian director-screenwriter Giuseppe Tornatore, German director-screenwriter Julia von Heinz, and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi.

The prestigious Golden Lions for best film and other awards will be announced during the festival’s closing ceremony on September 7.

Gray made his directorial debut in 1994 with the film Little Odessawhich won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. His other projects include Backyards (2000) starring Joaquin Phoenix, Two lovers (2008) and Immigrant (2013). The Lost City of Z had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in 2016. Gray’s next film, To the starsstarring Brad Pitt, screened in competition at the 2019 Venice Film Festival.

Briton Haigh found success with his critically acclaimed film We are all strangers (2023) starring Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal. His previous feature film credits include A24 Lean on Petein competition at the Venice Film Festival 2017, Sundance IFC Chooses 45 years (2015) and the hit, Weekend (2011).

Holland won the International Critics’ Award at Cannes thanks to Provincial actors (1978). She received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film for Furious harvest in 1985. She then directed Kill the priest (1988) and EuropeEurope (1990), for which she won a Golden Globe and a second Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. In 2011, she directed In the darkearning her third Oscar nomination. Her film Clue won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2016. Holland directed episodes of the acclaimed series Wire, Murder, Unsolved Case AND Treme.

Filho Neighboring sounds premiered in Rotterdam in 2012, and Brazil chose it as its Oscar candidate. In 2016 Aquariusstarring Sonia Braga, competed in Cannes. The film was nominated for a César and an Independent Spirit Award. In 2019. Bacurauco-directed and co-written with Juliano Dornelles, won the Jury Prize at Cannes. Ghost photosHis latest work premiered at Cannes in 2023.

Sissako directed a film in Mauritania Waiting for happiness in 2002, presented in Cannes and winner of the FIPRESCI award. It returned to Cannes in 2006 with Bamako and again in 2014, as part of a competition, with TimbuktuThe first Mauritanian film nominated for an Oscar, Timbuktu won seven César Awards.

Tornatore made his debut as a film director in 1985. CamorristIn 1989 he won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for Cinema Paradiso. His latest projects include A mere formality for Malena, Star maker, Unknown womanAND Everyone is fine.

Von Heinz won the German Film Award for Best Film for Children and Youth for her debut film There is nothing more important in 2007. Her film And tomorrow the whole world she competed in Venice in 2020 and represented Germany at the Oscars. Her controversial TV series Eldorado Kadewe won numerous awards and was acquired by the BBC. Her latest film, Treasurepremiered at Berlinale and Tribeca in 2024. He currently teaches directing at the Hochschule für Televiz und Film in Munich.

Chinese girl Ziyi made her debut in Zhang Yimou’s film The way home (1999). Her appearance in Ang Lee’s film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) brought her further recognition. She starred in Memories of a Geisha (2005) by Rob Marshall, for which she received a BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination. She has appeared in feature films, including Zhang Yimou’s Character (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004). Her directorial debut, Row (2021), was released in China to critical acclaim. Her most recent film is Peter Chan She doesn’t have a name is scheduled to be released this fall.