Director Chaitanya Tamhane, whose debut feature film Court premiered at the 71st Venice Film Festival and also won the Venice Lion of the Future two years ago, has been named one of the jury members for the 73rd edition of the international event. He will be a part of the Horizons section, which is dedicated to cutting-edge fare, reported The Variety. This section is headed by French director Robert Guédiguian.Tamhane will share the dais with others such as Italian actor Valentina Lodovini, Egyptian actor Nelly Karim, American film critic and historian Jim Hoberman, Spanish film critic and scholar José Maria (Chema) and Korean actor and director Moon So-ri. They will declare awards for the best film, best director, special jury prize, best actor or actress, best screenplay and best short film for this section. The panel also gets to declare the Venice Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards 2016.
The overall panel of jury members includes names such as Laurie Anderson, Joshua Oppenheimer, Gemma Arterton, Italian writer Giancarlo De Cataldo, French actor Chiara Mastroianni, German actor Nina Hoss, Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas and Chinese actor, director and singer Zhao Wei. Sam Mendes is the jury president.
This year’s festival will begin on August 31 and conclude on September 10, and will be dedicated to late directors Abbas Kiarostami and Michael Cimino. Works by both of them will be shown as part of the event.