Two great figures in international cinema, American director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married) and Italian director Saverio Costanzo (Hungry Hearts, La solitudine dei numeri primi, Private) have been appointed as the Presidents of two of the Juries of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, respectively for the Orizzonti section and for the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film – Lion of the Future. The President of the Jury for the Venezia 72 Competition – as announced earlier – is director Alfonso Cuarón.
The 72nd Venice International Film Festival will be held on the Lido from the 2nd to 12th of September 2015, directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta.
The international jury of the Orizzonti section chaired by Jonathan Demme, composed of five members, will award the following prizes, with no ex-aequo awards allowed: Orizzonti Award for Best Film; Orizzonti Award for Best Director; Special Orizzonti Jury Prize; Orizzonti Award for Best Actor or Actress; Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film.
The international jury of the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film – Lion of the Future chaired by Saverio Costanzo, also composed of five members (including a producer), will present, with no ex-aequo awards allowed, a cash prize of 100,000 dollars sponsored by Filmauro to one of the debut feature-length films screened in the various competition sections of the Venice Film Festival (Official Selection and Independent and Parallel Sidebars).This sum will be divided equally between the director and the producer.
Jonathan Demme is considered to be one of the most important authors in contemporary cinema. He is a director, producer and screenwriter. He has directed unforgettable world-famous masterpieces such as The Silence of the Lambs (1991), winner of five Oscars including Best Film and Best Director, and Philadelphia (1993),winner of two Oscars. He made his debut as a director in 1974 at Roger Corman's production company, and has since directed over thirt films, in various genres from horror to comedy, some of which have become cult movies, such as The Last Embrace (1979), Something Wild (1986) and Married to the Mob (1988). He has participated many times in the Venice Film Festival with some of his most significant films, such as Melvin and Howard (1980, in Competition, winner of two Oscars), The Manchurian Candidate (2004, Out of Competition), Man from Plains (2007, Orizzonti Doc), Rachel Getting Married (2008, in Competition), I’m Caroline Parker: the Good, the Bad and the Beautiful (2011, Orizzonti) and Enzo Avitabile Music Life (2012, Out of Competition). His newest film is Ricki and the Flash (2015), with Meryl Streep.
Saverio Costanzo won great critical acclaim for Hungry Hearts (2014), his fourth feature-length film (for which he also wrote the script), presented in competition at the last Venice International Film Festival, where it won both Coppa Volpi awards: Best Actress for Alba Rohrwacher and Best Actor for Adam Driver. Hungry Hearts was also nominated for seven David di Donatello awards and won the Fipresci Award at the Stockholm Film Festival. Saverio Costanzo’s first feature-length film was Private. In 2004 the film won the Pardo d’Oro and the award for Best Actor at the Festival del Film Locarno, and was sold to more than 25 countries. In 2006 Costanzo made In Memory of Me (In memoria di me), his second feature, shot on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. The film screened in competition at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007. In 2010 he made his third feature The Solitude of Prime Numbers (La solitudine dei numeri primi) drawn from the novel of the same name by Paolo Giordano. The film was screened in competition in the 67th Venice International Film Festival. Costanzo also directed the Italian adaptation of In Treatment, seasons 1 and 2, for SKY Cinema, inspired by the HBO series based on the Israeli format created by Hagai Levi.