Venice Film Festival: James Gray, Andrew Haigh & Agnieszka Holland Among Names Added To Jury

Venice Film Festival: James Gray, Andrew Haigh & Agnieszka Holland Among Names Added To Jury

The Venice Film Festival has unveiled the names who will join Isabelle Huppert on the main Competition jury of its 81st edition, running 28 Aug 2024 – 7 Sept 2024. 

Jury members include James Gray, Andrew Haigh, Agnieszka Holland, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Abderrahmane Sissako, Giuseppe Tornatore, Julia von Heinz, and Zhang Ziyi.

The jury will award the following official prizes to the feature films in Competition, with no joint awards allowed: Golden Lion for Best Film, Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize, Silver Lion for Best Director, Coppa Volpi for Best Actress, Coppa Volpi for Best Actor, Special Jury Prize, Award for Best Screenplay, and “Marcello Mastroianni” Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress.

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Jury head Huppert has a long relationship with the Venice Film Festival. She has won its Coppa Volpi for best actress twice with Story of Women (1988) and La Cérémonie (1995). In 2005, she was honored with a Special Golden Lion for the Overall Work for Gabrielle by Patrice Chéreau.

This year the festival will open with the world premiere of Tim Burton‘s Beetlejuice Beetlejuice starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Justin Theroux, and Monica Bellucci, with Jenna Ortega and Willem Dafoe.

The Warner Bros sequel will be screened out of competition on Wednesday, August 28 at the Sala Grande, the festival said Tuesday. This will mark a return to the sort of glitzy red carpet with which Venice has become synonymous after last year’s Lido event had less star-wattage than usual as it took place amid the SAG-AFTRA strike. Warner Bros starts the film’s international rollout on Beetlejuice 2 on September 4 with domestic joining September 6.

Alberto Barbera and his selection committee are expected to once again field a strong collection of titles, including Todd Phillips’ Joker sequel and Luca Guadagnino’s Queer, starring Daniel Craig.