Monday, May 27, 2024

Venice Film Festival Jury Includes Last 2 Oscar Winning Directors, Bong Joon Ho and Chloe Zhao, Plus Cynthia Erivo


The Venice Film Festival doesn’t begin until September 2nd– many weeks away– but they’re ramping up with big announcements.

The jury will consist of the last two Oscar winning directors — Chloe Zhao of “Nomadland:” and Bong Joon Ho, who made “Parasite.”

The other jurors announced include Tony winning and Oscar nominated actress Cynthia Erivo, Belgian/French actress Virginie Efira, Italian director Saverio Costanzo, Canadian actress and producer Sarah Gadon, and Romanian directorAlexander Nanau.

They are an eclectic group, to say the least. There are no American actors. Their choices will be very interesting.

The opening night film, called “Parallel Mothers,” reunites director Pedro Almodovar with one of his stars, Penelope Cruz. If for some reason you’ve never seen “Volver,” watch it immediately. It’s one of the great films of all time.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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