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Lucrecia Martel President of the Venezia 76 International Jury
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Lucrecia Martel President of the Venezia 76 International Jury

The Jury will assign the Golden Lion for Best Film, as well as other official awards.

Director Lucrecia Martel (Zama, La mujer sin cabeza) will be the president of the International Jury of the Competition at the 76th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 - September 7, 2019), which will assign the Golden Lion for Best Film, as well as other official awards.
The decision was made by the Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, who embraced the recommendation of the Director of the Venice Film Festival, Alberto Barbera.


In accepting the proposal, Lucrecia Martel said: “It’s an honor, a responsibility, and a pleasure to be a part of this celebration of cinema, of humanity's immense desire to understand itself.”

Alberto Barbera commented that “Four feature films and a handful of shorts, in just under two decades, have been enough to make Lucrecia Martel Latin America’s most important female director, and one of the top worldwide. In her films, the originality of her stylistic research and her meticulous mise-en-scène are at the service of a worldview free of compromises, dedicated to exploring the mysteries of female sexuality and the dynamics of groups and classes. We are grateful to her for having enthusiastically agreed to put her exacting, yet anything but uncharitable, gaze at the service of this commitment we have requested of her.”

Prizes to be awarded

On the final night (September 7, 2019) of the upcoming 76th Venice Film Festival, the International Jury of Venezia 76, chaired by Lucrecia Martel and composed of nine international celebrities in the spheres of film and culture from different countries, will assign the following official prizes among the feature-length films in the Competition:

· Golden Lion for Best Film
· Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize
· Silver Lion – Award for Best Director
· Coppa Volpi for Best Actor
· Coppa Volpi for Best Actress
· Award for Best Screenplay
· Special Jury Prize
· Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress.

Biographical notes

Born in Salta, Argentina, Lucrecia Martel made her debut with the feature film LA CIÉNAGA (The Swamp) in 2001, followed by LA NIÑA SANTA (The Holy Girl) in 2004, and LA MUJER SIN CABEZA (The Headless Woman) in 2008. Her fourth feature, ZAMA (2017), an exploration of colonialism and racism in Latin America, had its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

Retrospectives of her work have screened at many art and cultural institutions, such as Harvard, MoMA, Lincoln Center, Cambridge, and London’s Tate Museum, together with a series of masterclasses about sound and narrative that the filmmaker has taught around the world.

In parallel, Martel has also shown an interest in other artistic languages outside cinema. Her latest collaboration was with Björk, for whom she directed the CORNUCOPIA concert at The Shed, acknowledged as the Icelandic artist’s most sophisticated show to date.