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VENICE 2017 Jury

Annette Bening to chair the competition jury of the 74th Venice Film Festival

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- The US actress will preside over the jury that will hand out the Golden Lion and the other official awards at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, which will unspool from 30 August-9 September

Annette Bening to chair the competition jury of the 74th Venice Film Festival
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US actress Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia, American Beauty, Bugsy, The Grifters) will chair the international competition jury at the 74th Venice Film Festival (30 August–9 September 2017), which will hand out the Golden Lion for the best film as well as the other official awards. When complete, the jury will be made up of nine key figures from the world of film and culture, hailing from various different countries.

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“It was time to break with a long list of male presidents and invite a brilliant, talented and inspiring woman to chair our international competition jury,” declared Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera. “I am extremely happy that Annette Bening has accepted this role, which she will carry out by virtue of her stature, her intellect and the talents she has manifested over the course of her career, in Hollywood, Europe and on the stage. Hers is a career marked by always interesting, often daring choices. A sophisticated and instinctive actress, able to portray complex shadings of character, Annette Bening brings to her roles an understating, a warmth and a natural elegance that makes watching her films a wonderful and ever-enriching experience. I welcome her to Venice.”

“I’m honoured to be asked to serve as the chair of the jury for this year’s Venice Film Festival,” said the actress. “I look forward to seeing the movies and working with my fellow jury members to celebrate the best of this year’s cinema from all over the world.”

The programme of the 74th Venice Film Festival will be announced on 27 July in Rome.

(Translated from Italian)

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