Lucrecia Martel to chair the jury at Venice
- The Argentine filmmaker will be the president of the International Jury of the Competition at the 76th Venice International Film Festival
Director Lucrecia Martel (Zama [+see also:
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film profile]) will be the chair of the International Jury of the Competition at the 76th Venice International Film Festival (28 August-7 September 2019), which will hand out the Golden Lion for Best Film, as well as other official awards, and will be composed of nine international celebrities in the spheres of film and culture, from different countries.
In accepting the proposal, Lucrecia Martel said: “It’s an honour, a responsibility and a pleasure to be a part of this celebration of cinema, of humanity's immense desire to understand itself.” Martel's fourth film, Zama, an exploration of colonialism and racism in Latin America, had its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, out of competition.
Alberto Barbera commented, “Four feature films and a handful of shorts, in just under two decades, have been enough to make Lucrecia Martel Latin America’s most important female director, and one of the top ones worldwide. In her films, the originality of her stylistic research and her meticulous mise-en-scène are at the service of a worldview free of compromises, dedicated to exploring the mysteries of female sexuality and the dynamics of groups and classes. We are grateful to her for having enthusiastically agreed to put her exacting, yet anything but uncharitable, gaze at the service of this commitment we have requested of her.”
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