Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid has been named jury president of this year’s Giornate degli Autori (GdA), that runs parallel to the Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12).
The writer-director will lead 27 young European film-goers to select the best film in the independently-run section, which is modelled on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.
The jury of the Giornate degli Autori will consist of 27 young cinephiles from every country in the European Union, under the aegis of the European Parliament’s 27 Times Cinema initiative, coordinated in Venice by the director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Karel Och.
They will choose the GdA Director’s Award for the best film from a 10-strong competition line-up, to be announced on July 23. The award carries a cash prize of €20,000 ($23,000), and the jury’s deliberations will be live-streamed on Giornate’s social media channels on September 11.
Lapid won the Golden Bear and Fipresci prize at the Berlinale in 2019 with Synonyms, his first film since 2014 festival hit The Kindergarten Teacher. His latest semi-autobiographical feature, Ahed’s Knee, had been expected to be finished in time for this year’s cancelled Cannes.
Lapid previously served on the juries of Cannes Critics’ Week and the Locarno Film Festival.
GdA recently promoted Gaia Furrer to artistic director, having been head of programming at the sidebar since its launch in 2004.