Iranian actress Leila Hatami on Venice jury with Julianne Moore

Hatami and Moore will be joined by last year's Golden Lion winner, French Lebanese filmmaker Audrey Diwan, on a seven-member jury panel made up of three women and four men.
Iranian actress Leila Hatami on Venice jury with Julianne Moore

The Venice International Film Festival, La Biennale di Venezia has just announced their main competition jury for their 79th edition, which will be held from August 31-September 10, 2022 on the Lido.

Oscar-winning American actress Julianne Moore will preside, on a jury made up of three women and four men. Moore won the Venice acting award, the Coppa Volpi in 2002 for Far From Heaven directed by Todd Haynes.

Moore will be joined by French-Lebanese filmmaker Audrey Diwan, who won the Golden Lion last year with her film Happening and Leila Hatami, who is best known to Western audiences for her role in Asghar Farhadi's A Separation.

English-Japanese Nobel Prize winning novelist and screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro will join the jury. Ishiguro's work includes the 1989 novel The Remains of the Day, which in 1993 was turned into a film by Merchant and Ivory, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

Italian filmmaker Leonardo di Costanzo, whose prison drama Ariaferma starring Tony Servillo premiered out of competition in Venice last year, will also take part, as will Official Competition helmer Mariano Cohn from Argentina, with Spanish director and producer Rodrigo Sorogoyen rounding out the group.

For more information about the Venice Film Festival, check out La Biennale's website.

Photo of Leila Hatami provided by Berlinale, used with permission.

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