Cate Blanchett has been named Jury President for this year’s Venice International Film Festival. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Blanchett will head the jurors of the fest, those who weigh in and decide on the Golden Lion recipient, an honro that went to Todd Phillips’ “Joker” last year. Last year’s head of jury was “Zama” filmmaker Lucrecia Martel.
The election was decided by the board of directors of the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta and recommended by festival director Alberto Barbera.
“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,” said Blanchett.
Said Barbera: “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. Her commitment in the artistic and humanitarian fields and to the protection of the environment, as well as her defense 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.”
He added: “Her immense talent as an actress, combined with her unique intelligence and sincere passion for cinema, are the ideal qualities for a jury president. It will be a great pleasure to welcome her to Venice again in this new capacity, after having applauded her magnificent performances in the films Elizabeth by Shekhar Kapur and I’m Not There by Todd Haynes, which won her the Coppa Volpi as best actress in 2007.”
Balnchett is a two-time Oscar winner for her roles in “Blue Jasmine” and “The Aviator.” She is also a multiple time Oscar nominee. She starred in last year’s Richard Linklater feature, “Where’d You Go Bernadette” and will star in this year’s television series, “Stateless” and “Mrs. America.”
Venice Film Festival will take place this year Sept. 2-12.