Cate Blanchett has been appointed president of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival jury.The Australian actress has signed up to preside over the jury at the prestigious Italian festival, during which she and her jurors will watch the movies in …
Cate Blanchett has been appointed president of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival jury.
The Australian actress has signed up to preside over the jury at the prestigious Italian festival, during which she and her jurors will watch the movies in competition and decide which should win the coveted Golden Lion.
“Every year I look expectantly to the selection at Venice and every year it is surprising and distinct. Venice is one of the most atmospheric film festivals in the world – a celebration of the provocative and inspirational medium that is cinema in all its forms. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be this year’s jury president,” Blanchett said in a statement.
Her appointment comes two years after she served as jury president at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.
“Cate Blanchett is not just an icon of contemporary cinema, courted by the greatest directors of the past 20 years and adored by moviegoers of every kind,” Venice boss Alberto Barbera added. “Her commitment in the artistic and humanitarian fields and to the protection of the environment, as well as her defence of the emancipation of women in a film industry still coming to terms with male prejudice, have made her an inspiration for society as a whole.
“Her immense talent as an actress, combined with her unique intelligence and sincere passion for cinema, are the ideal qualities for a Jury President.”
Blanchett’s film Elizabeth premiered at the festival in 1998 and she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress for her performance in I’m Not There in 2007.
The 77th Venice International Film Festival runs from 2 to 12 September.
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Chiara Ferragni’s documentary is set to debut at the Venice Film Festival.The Italian fashion influencer and entrepreneur has been working on the project – titled Chiara Ferragni: Unposted – since last year, with the film to mark the 10th anniversary o…
Chiara Ferragni’s documentary is set to debut at the Venice Film Festival.
The Italian fashion influencer and entrepreneur has been working on the project – titled Chiara Ferragni: Unposted – since last year, with the film to mark the 10th anniversary of her popular blog, The Blonde Salad.
Ferragni’s documentary, which was directed by filmmaker Elisa Amoruso, will premiere at the prestigious film event on 4 September, and explores the private and professional life of the 32-year-old.
A bevy of famous faces are set to appear in the film – which began shooting in Sicily shortly after her wedding to rapper/producer Fedez last September – including Donatella Versace, Diane von Furstenberg, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Ferragni shared the exciting news with her followers on Instagram and posted a snap of herself on the red carpet at last year’s Venice Film Festival.
“GUYS: I’m almost crying for happiness to announce that the docu-film about my life will be presented at the 2019 Venice film festival. Thank you @elisamoruso for directing this film and making my childhood dream come true. I couldn’t be more excited for you to see it!” the star gushed in the caption.
She also urged her 17 million online fans to follow her new account dedicated to the film, @chiaraferragniunposted.
Additionally, Amoruso shared her joy at the news and thanked the “magical” influencer for pitching the project.
“The meeting with Chiara was magical from the beginning and to tell who this truly exceptional woman is was for me an exciting, intense journey that taught me so much,” the 38-year-old director wrote.
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Pedro Almodovar will be honoured with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival. The Spanish filmmaker will be presented with the prestigious prize in recognition of his career during the 76th annual Ital…
Pedro Almodovar will be honoured with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival.
The Spanish filmmaker will be presented with the prestigious prize in recognition of his career during the 76th annual Italian film extravaganza.
“I am very excited and honoured with the gift of this Golden Lion,” Almodovar said in a statement. “I have very good memories of the Venice Film Festival. My international debut took place there in 1983 with Dark Habits. It was the first time one of my films travelled out of Spain, it was my international baptism and a wonderful experience, as it was my return with Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in 1988. This Lion is going to become my pet, along with the two cats I live with. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for giving me this award.”
Festival director Alberto Barbera called the Volver filmmaker “the greatest and most influential Spanish director since (Luis) Bunuel” and praised his portrayal of women onscreen.
“Without forgetting that Almodovar excels, above all, in painting incredibly original female portraits, thanks to an exceptional empathy which allows him to represent their power, emotional richness, and inevitable weaknesses with a rare and touching authenticity,” he said.
Almodovar will receive the award alongside The Sound of Music’s Julie Andrews, the other 2019 honouree. They follow in the footsteps of previous honourees which include Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Vanessa Redgrave, and Clint Eastwood.
The 69-year-old director remains very busy, and his latest movie, Pain and Glory, was selected for the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
His star, Antonio Banderas, took home the Best Actor award for his role.
The Venice International Film Festival runs from 28 August to 7 September.
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Organisers of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival have cancelled a Tuesday morning (24Jul18) press conference following a fatal shooting in the city on Sunday night. Two people were killed and over a dozen others injured when a 29-year-old gu…
Organisers of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival have cancelled a Tuesday morning (24Jul18) press conference following a fatal shooting in the city on Sunday night.
Two people were killed and over a dozen others injured when a 29-year-old gunman opened fire on crowded Danforth Avenue, where locals and tourists were enjoying late night meals and cocktails.
The man’s motive remains a mystery as city law enforcement officers attempt to make sense of the shooting incident.
Film festival bosses led by director and CEO Piers Handling, who is due to retire after this year’s event, had planned to unveil much of the 2018 line-up at Tuesday’s media conference, which would have been held just miles from the site of the shooting, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. However, in light of the tragedy, they have decided to reveal the news via a press release instead.
The Toronto festival, which this year runs from 6 to 16 September, often predicts the films that will take home the gold at the Academy Awards.
Earlier on Monday (23Jul18), it was announced that Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born, will premiere at another major movie gala – the Venice International Film Festival on 31 August (18). The musical romantic drama, starring Cooper and Lady Gaga, is set to debut at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido at the event, over a month before it officially hits cinemas in early October (18).
Bosses of the Venice International Film Festival are scheduled to release their full line-up on Wednesday (25Jul18).
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