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The American director, screenwriter and producer Michael Mann – a total filmmaker and one of the most influential and representative figures in contemporary American cinema – has been designated to chair the International Jury for the Competition at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September 2012), which will award the Golden Lion and other official prizes. The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Venice Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta, upon the recommendation of the Director of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barbera. As a producer, Michael Mann won recognition as the creative force behind some of the most successful series in television (Miami Vice, Crime Story), which contributed to creating new standards of quality borrowed from filmmaking. As a screenwriter and especially as a director, he developed his own very personal style in thematic and formal elaborations drawn prevalently from the American urban experience (Manhunter, Heat, Insider, Ali, »


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