Composer Alexandre Desplat President of the International Jury of the Venezia 71 Competition< Back
it is the first time a film composer chairs the Jury for the competition of the Venice Film Festival
06 | 23 | 2014
the Jury will award the Golden Lion for Best Film
Alexandre Desplat (photo: Brigitte Lacombe), the internationally renowned French film composer, will be the president of the International Jury for the Competition of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (27 August – 6 September 2014), which will award the Golden Lion for Best Film and the other official prizes. The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta, based on the recommendation of the Director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera.
A six-time Oscar nominee (The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King's Speech, Argo, Philomena), Alexandre Desplat has won many prizes, including a Golden Globe, three Césars, two European Film Awards, a Silver Bear, a Bafta and a Grammy. He has collaborated with directors such as Stephen Frears, Roman Polanski, Terrence Malick, Tom Hooper, Jacques Audiard, Kathryn Bigelow, David Fincher, George Clooney, Ang Lee, Ben Affleck, David Yates, Wes Anderson, and Matteo Garrone. It is the first time a film composer chairs the Jury for the Competition of the Venice Film Festival.
“Alexandre Desplat is not only one of the greatest composers of film scores today but an ardent cinephile, whose extraordinary artistic sensitivity is sustained by a profound knowledge of cinema, of its history, of its language”, stated the Director of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barbera.
“It is a great honour and an arduous responsibility to be the president of the Jury of such a prestigious Festival” stated Alexandre Desplat – “Italian cinema has influenced both my taste and my music more than any other, and I am proud to be coming to the Venice Film Festival the year after Mr. Bernardo Bertolucci”.
On the closing night of the coming 71st Venice Film Festival (6 September 2014), the International Jury of Venezia 71, chaired by Alexandre Desplat and composed of 9 personalities from the fields of cinema and culture from various countries, will award the following official prizes to the feature-length films in Competition:
- Golden Lion for Best Film
- Silver Lion for Best Director
- Grand Jury Prize
- Coppa Volpi for Best Actor
- Coppa Volpi for Best Actress
- Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress
- Award for Best Screenplay
- Special Jury Prize
Alexandre Desplat is known for the soundtracks he composed for Sur mes lèvres (Read My Lips, 2001), Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), Birth (2004), De battre mon cœur s'est arrêté (The Beat that My Heart Skipped, 2005), Hostage (2005), Syriana (2005), The Queen (2006), The Painted Veil (2006), Largo Winch (The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch, 2008), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel, 2009), Un prophète (A Prophet, 2009), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Ghost Writer (2010), The King's Speech (2010), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2 (2010-2011), La fille du puisatier (The Well-Digger’s Daughter, 2011), The Tree of Life (2011), The Ides of March (2011), Reality (2012), Renoir (2012), Argo (2012), Rise of the Guardians (2012), La vénus à la fourrure (Venus in Fur, 2013), Philomena (2013), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and Godzilla (2014).
As a young cinephile he quickly expressed the desire to become a film composer. His approach to the composition of soundtracks is based not only on his strong musicality, but also on his understanding of cinema, which allows him to truly communicate with directors. Desplat has often stated that he tries to create a vibration between the music and the image, to find a balance between function and fiction; he thinks of film music as another actor in the frame, interacting carefully with dialogue, sounds and camera movements.
Raised in a mixed musical and cultural environment, the son of a Greek mother and a French father who met at Berkeley university in California, he studied piano, trumpet and flute, and grew up listening to the French symphonists Ravel and Debussy, jazz, world music and movie soundtracks. While recording his first film, he met Dominique Solrey Lemonnier, the violinist who became his concertmaster, artistic director and wife. Dominique Solrey Lemonnier founded the Traffic Quintet for which Desplat writes original music and transcribes movie soundtracks. Under her musical guidance, writing for strings have become, as well as interpretation, key elements of his compositions. Alexandre Desplat has become a long-time partner of the London Symphony Orchestra and has composed for artists such as Renée Fleming, Alain Planès, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Vincent Ségal and Lang Lang. A six-time Oscar nominee, he has won many prizes, including a Golden Globe, three Césars, two European Film Awards and a Bafta. Alexandre Desplat has collaborated with directors such as Stephen Frears, Roman Polanski, Terrence Malick, Tom Hooper, Jacques Audiard, Kathryn Bigelow, David Fincher, George Clooney, Ang Lee, Ben Affleck, David Yates, Wes Anderson, and Matteo Garrone.