Robert Guédiguian and Kim Rossi Stuart to head two international juries

French director Robert Guédiguian (Marius et Jeannette, La ville est tranquille, Les neiges du Kilimandjaro) and Italian actor and director Kim Rossi Stuart (Le chiavi di casa, Romanzo criminale, Anche libero va bene) have been chosen as the Presidents of two Juries for the 73rd 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. As announced earlier, the President of the Jury for the Venezia 73 Competition is director Sam Mendes.

Director Robert Guédiguian can be considered the modern minstrel of Marseilles, the city where he was born and lived, and where he set his film La ville est tranquille, presented in Venice in 2000. Guédiguian’s filmography is a sort of saga of his city, with stories set in the microcosm of the neighbourhood he was born in, focusing on the lives of common people.

One of the most important actors in Italian cinema, Kim Rossi Stuart has often been featured at the Venice Film Festival with some of his most famous performances, including Le chiavi di casa (2004) by Gianni Amelio and Vallanzasca (2010) by Michele Placido. For Anche libero va bene (2006), his debut as a director, Rossi Stuart won the David di Donatello and the Nastro d’Argento as best new director.

The 73rd Venice International Film Festival, directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale, chaired by Paolo Baratta, will take place on the Lido of Venice from August 31st to September 10th 2016.

The international Jury of the Orizzonti section, with President Robert Guédiguian, composed of no more than 7 members, will award the following prizes, with no joint awards permitted: 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 Screenplay; Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film.

The international Jury of the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film – Lion of the Future, with President Kim Rossi Stuart, composed of no more than 5 members including one producer, will award, with no joint prizes permitted, a cash sum of 100,000 dollars donated by Filmauro, to be divided equally between the director and the producer of one of the debut feature-length films presented in the various competition sections of the Venice International Film Festival (Official Selection and Independent and Parallel Sections).