Italian director won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for The Wonders.
Italian director Alice Rohrwacher has been named President of the International Jury for the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Filmat the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 to Sept 6).
The jury will comprise seven personalities from the international cinema scene, including a producer, and will select one film from among all the first features in the various competitive sections of the festival (Official Selection and Independent and Parallel Sections).
Awarding it the Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film, a cash prize of $100,000 will be divided equally between the director and the producer. No joint winners are allowed.
Winners in recent years include Cogunluk (Majority) by Seren Yüce (2010); Là-Bas (Là-Bas: A Criminal Education) by Guido Lombardi (2011); Küf (Mold) by Ali Aydin (2012); and White Shadow by Noaz Deshe (2013).
Rohrwacher won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with The Wonders (Le Meraviglie).
Her first feature film, Corpo celeste, premiered at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2011 and was selected by Sundance, New York, London, Rio and Tokyo Film Festivals. Corpo Celeste won the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award, the Nastro d’Argento Award and the Ciak d’Oro Award for best first work, as well as the Suso Cecchi D’Amico Award for best screenplay.