Slavoj Zizek will preside as guest director of the 35th Telluride Film Festival, which is scheduled to run from Aug 29-Sept 1.

The Slovenian-born political philosopher and academic has written more than 50 books covering a diverse array of subjects ranging from Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch to Wagner and cyberspace. Most recently, Zizek collaborated with film-maker Sophie Fiennes on The Pervert's Guide To Cinema

Previous guest directors have included Bertrand Tavernier, Errol Morris, Peter Bogdanovich and Don DeLillo.