While Venice setting its lineup seemed to be the end of the Venice Film Festival announcements, think again. Yesterday we got the full lineup of films, and the festival is drawing significant interest. Now, we know who will judge the films in competition. With Guerillmo del Toro heading the jury after winning the Golden Lion last year for “The Shape of Water,” the rest of his jury looks exciting.
According to Deadline, the remaining members of the Jury will include some left field choices and seasoned actors. It is exciting to see Taika Waititi continue to gain clout in the industry after his time in “Thor: Ragnarok” revolutionized the MCU character. Actress Naomi Watts will represent some diversity on the panel as a woman. Given the festival’s lack of women in competition, this is a positive. She earned her an Oscar nomination for “The Impossible,” in 2012. Last but not least, two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz was added to the jury. Waltz has received international praise for his performances over the past decade. His best-regarded performance is for his turn in “Inglorious Basterds” as Hans Landa.
Strong international filmmakers and stars make up the rest of the jury. This includes Taiwanese actress Sylvia Chang, French actress Nicole Garcia, Italian writer and director Paolo Genovese, Danish star Trine Dyrholm, and the Polish filmmaker Malgorzata Szumowska. With a diverse and international jury, del Toro and company are sure to pick some interesting winners.