American director Damien Chazelle, French director Alice Diop and Italian director Jonas Carpignano, are the three personalities called upon to chair the international juries respectively of Venezia 80, the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film and the Orizzonti section of the 80th Venice International Film Festival of La Biennale di Venezia (30 August – 9 September 2023). The decision was made by the Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia, which accepted the recommendation of the Artistic Director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera.
In accepting the role, Chazelle said: “For ten days each year this city of the arts, of Tintoretto and Titian and Veronese, becomes a city of cinema, and I am humbled and delighted to be invited to lead this year’s jury. I can’t wait to discover a new crop of great films at the 80th Venice Film Festival.”
Chazelle has opened the Venice International Film Festival with his films on two occasions, in 2016 with La La Land and in 2018 with First Man. Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, La La Land received 14 Academy Awards® nominations, winning six including Best Director. Damien Chazelle was the youngest director ever to win this award. First Man received 4 Academy Awards® nominations, and won one. His debut film, Whiplash (2014) received 5 Academy Awards® nominations, winning three. His most recent film Babylon (2022) received three Academy Awards® nominations.
President of the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film jury, Alice Diop said: “What a great honor, what a great joy, to have been chosen to preside over the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film, at a festival that welcomed me and offered me so much last year. I am happy to pass on the baton this year and to work to see a new voice emerge in the cinematic landscape that the Venice Festival has always sought to renew.”
With her debut feature-length fiction film Saint Omer, Diop won both the Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize, and the Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film at the Venice International Film Festival in 2022. The film, France’s official selection for the Academy Awards®, went on to win many international accolades, including the César award for best debut film, and the Jean Vigo Prize. For Nous (2020), she won the award for best documentary and best film in the Encounters section of the Berlin Film Festival.
And finally, last but not list is President of the Orizzonti jury Jonas Carpignano who said: “It is a tremendous honor for me to chair the jury of Orizzonti this year, and I am very grateful to the Venice Film Festival for this privilege. Year after year the rich and bold selection of Orizzonti offers us a deep immersion in the world of cinema. I can’t wait to live the emotions and to experience the diverse realities we will come to know in the theatres on the Lido. To have the opportunity to see some of the finest films of the year in one of the most beautiful places in the world is something truly special.”
Carpignano made his debut with Mediterranea (2015), presented at the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes, later nominated for three Spirit Awards, and winner of the Breakthrough Director prize at the Gotham Awards. Two years later A Ciambra (2017), which won an award at Cannes, was selected to represent Italy as the country's official submission to the Academy Awards®. A Ciambra received seven nominations for the David di Donatello and won the award for Best Director. In 2021, A Chiara, presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes, won the Europa Cinemas Label award, received six nominations for the David di Donatello and won the Best Actress award.
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