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Annette Bening is doing her herstory-making “20th Century Women” character proud: The actress has been named as the President of the 74th Venice Film Festival. According to Deadline, the four-time Oscar nominee will be the fest’s first female prez since French actress Catherine Deneuve held the role in 2006 — over 10 years ago. A total of four women have ever served as President at Venice. Chinese actress Gong Li and New Zealand writer-director Jane Campion served in 2002 and 1997, respectively.
Fest director Alberto Barbera didn’t shy away from addressing the fact that Presidents have been overwhelmingly male at Venice. “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,” he acknowledged.
Of the new President, Barbera said, “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,” he observed.
Bening earned Oscar nods for “The Kids Are All Right,” “Being Julia,” “American Beauty,” and “The Grifters.” She was last seen in “20th Century Women,” a critically acclaimed dramedy set in 1979. Bening portrayed a single mother who enlists the help of her photographer tenant (Greta Gerwig) and a precocious teen (Elle Fanning) to provide guidance to her teenage son. Bening’s character is an aspiring pilot who ends up being the first woman to work in the Continental Can Company drafting room.
“I’m honored to be asked to serve as the President of the jury for this year’s Venice Film Festival,” commented Bening. “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 jury determines the winner of the fest’s Golden Lion for best film as well as the other main prizes, such as the Silver Lion for best director. The 2017 Venice Film Festival runs from August 30 to September 9.
Bening is set to star in an upcoming installment of FX’s “American Crime Story.” She’ll portray Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana who served during and after Katrina. At least 1,245 people died in the tragedy, making it one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history.
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20th Century Women star becomes first female president for 11 years.
Us actress Annette Bening has been named president of the international jury for this year’s Venice International Film Festival (Aug 30 - Sept 9).
She becomes the first female president of the international jury for 11 years, and the sixth in history, after Catherine Deneuve in 2006, Gong Li in 2002, Jane Campion in 1997, Suso Cecchi D’Amico in 1980, and Sabine Azéma in 1987.
The decision was made by Venice’s board of directors, chaired by Paolo Baratta.
Festival director Alberto Barbera commented: “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.
“I am extremely happy that Annette Bening has accepted this role, which she will »
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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,” Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera said in a statement.
“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,” Barbera added.
The last time a woman headed the Venice fest jury was in 2006, when French actress Catherine Deneuve oversaw the panel. Bening is the sixth woman jury president of the world’s oldest film festival. Gong Li headed the Lido jury in 2002; Jane Campion in 1997; Suso Cecchi D’Amico in 1980, and Sabine Azéma »
- Nick Vivarelli
Chinese film studios Wuxi Studio and German production facilities house Studio Babelsberg have inked a deal to work together on a project-by-project basis.
The pact will encompass the production of German-Chinese co-productions and the exchange of technical expertise and personnel. The partners plan to set up a joint production service unit.
Carl Woebcken, president/CEO of Studio Babelsberg, said: “The modern film studios in Wuxi offer excellent conditions. Studio Babelsberg will be contributing its expertise in the areas of production services and the realization of international film productions to the cooperation.”
“The aim of the partnership is to promote the internationalization of Wuxi Studio and provide Studio Babelsberg with access to the Chinese film market,” according to a statement.
Wuxi Studio, which »
- Leo Barraclough
Hot off the success of last year’s box office record-setting smash The Mermaid, Stephen Chow brought us a sequel this Lunar New Year to his 2013 film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. While it set an opening day record in China, and was initially released in North America on roughly twice as many screens, it has thus far failed to match The Mermaid’s financial success. I have no idea why that is, anyone who claims to understand what makes the difference between a hit and a super-hit is a liar or a fool, but I can theorize that the film’s somewhat mixed critical response is a response to its weird hybrid nature. Not just in the ways Chow situates a sincere appreciation for religion within a goofy pop context, but in the film’s dual authorship between Chow, who co-wrote and produced, and Tsui Hark, who directed. »
In 2000, Max Färberböck's Aimée & Jaguar star Maria Schrader was on the Berlin Film Festival jury with Andrzej Wajda, Gong Li, Walter Salles, and Marisa Paredes when Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia won the Golden Bear and the number of translators had an impact on her. In New York, the director of Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe and I discussed her creative team, including co-writer Jan Schomburg, cinematographer Wolfgang Thaler, and editor Hansjörg Weißbrich. We followed a Zweig trail from Terence Davies on Max Ophüls' Letter From An Unknown Woman to George Prochnik's influence on Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel to Varian Fry, Lion Feuchtwanger and Defying The Nazis: The Sharp's War, directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky.
Maria Schrader: "I dedicated the movie to Denis Poncet. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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