Bernardo Bertolucci, the Oscar-winning director of The Last Emperor, Last Tango In Paris, and many other films, has been selected to chair the international jury at the 70th Venice Film Festival, the festival announced today.
“I cheerfully accept to chair the jury of the 70th Venice International Film Festival,” said Bertolucci in a release. “Over a handful of days, I am being given the opportunity to see the most interesting work being done in filmmaking around the world. My friend and film buff Alberto Barbera has the knack of discovering the most mysterious niches of filmmaking in the most mysterious countries in the world. This is my second time. In 1983 the Venice Film Festival was celebrating its 40th edition. My jury, composed almost entirely of directors, could not help but award the Golden Lion to Jean-Luc Godard, to whom we all owed so much and who had never won an important prize in his life. At the time what I wanted from films was surprise and enjoyment. I haven’t changed much since then.” READ FULL STORY