The Venice Film Festival has unveiled the jury members for both its competitions, confirming that veteran Italian filmmaker Mario Monicelli will head the jury of the traditional Venice 60 competition (ScreenDaily.com Aug 12)
Joining Monicelli, who received Venice's Golden Lion award in 1959 for his classic film The Great War, will be Italian actor Stefano Accorsi (Radiofreccia, Ignorant Fairies), German director of photography Michael Ballhaus (Goodfellas, Gangs Of New York), and Hong Kong director Ann Hui, whose credits include Boat People and July Rhapsody. French writer-director Pierre Jolivet (Ma Petite Enterprise), US producer Monty Montgomery (Portrait Of A Lady, Wild At Heart), and Spanish actress Assumpta Serna (Matador, Le Intermittenze Del Cuore) will round out the jury.
Prizes to be awarded by the Venice 60 jury include the Golden Lion for best film, Silver Lion for the Grand Jury Prize, a Silver Lion for best director and the Coppa Volpi best actor and actress awards.
Meanwhile, Venice's Controcorrente jury (Upstream) will be presided by French historian and television writer Laure Adler. The other jury members are Italian film academic Vito Amoruso, Egyptian movie critic Samir Farid, Taiwanese actress and singer Rene Liu (Siao Yu, Living Under Cross) and German actor Ulrich Tukur (Amen).
The Controcorrente jury will award a Euros 50,000 San Marco prize to the director of the best film as well as best actor and best actress awards.
Debut features in any section of the festival will also be able to compete for the Lion of the Future award, a Euros 100,000 prize established by Aurelio De Laurentiis production outfit Filmauro.