ROME – Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino, earning accolades this year for his work in Marco Tullio Giordana’s Romanzo di una strage (Story of a Massacre) will head the jury for the Venice Film Festival’s prestigious Orizzonti sidebar, while Indian producer and director Shekhar Kapur will head the jury for the “Luigi de Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film, Venice organizers announced Tuesday.
The announcements are amomg the first in the reshaped and scaled down sidebar from newly-installed Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera.
Favino, 42, won his second David di Donatello prize for his work as a supporting actor in Romanzo di una strage, and he was nominated for a Nastri d’Argento honor for the same role. Previously, he appeared on screen in several noted international productions made in Italy, including Ron Howard’s Angels & Demons and Miracle at St. Anna from Spike Lee. He also had an acclaimed role in Gabriele Muccino’s L’ultimo bacio (The Last Kiss).
The Orizzonti sidebar is a competitive section for feature-length and short films that organizers see as representative of new trends in cinema. The jury will award prizes for Best Film, Best Short Film, and a Jury Prize. The full jury will include between five and seven industry figures.
Kapur, meanwhile, will head the five-person jury for the “Luigi de Laurentiis” prize, which will award a $100,000 Lion of the Future prize for the best debut film, with the money split between the film’s director and producer. Eligible films will be drawn from Venice’s official selection or independent parallel sections.
The 66-year-old Kapur, who started out making Bollywood productions, earned a Golden Globe nomination for his work as director of Elizabeth in 1998, and has also directed Elizabeth: The Golden Age from 2007 and a segment in New York, I Love You released a year later.
The 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival will take place this year August 29-Sept. 8.