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Cate Blanchett to head Venice Film Festival jury

/ 06:41 PM January 19, 2020
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Cate Blanchett at the premiere of “Suspiria” during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. Image: AFP/Filippo Monteforte

Actress Cate Blanchett will chair the jury of the Venice Film Festival in September, organizers said on Thursday.

The award-winning Australian actress will become the president of the jury for the festival’s 77th season, slated for Sept. 2 to 12.

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“Venice is one of the most appealing film festivals in the world — a celebration of this provocative and stimulating medium which is cinema in all its forms,” Blanchett said in a statement.

No stranger to festivals, the 50-year-old actress most recently headed the jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, which has been criticized in the past for ignoring female directors in its prestigious lineup.

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That year, she was among 82 women who ascended the famous red carpet steps of the Palais des Festivals in a march for gender equality.

Two of Blanchett’s films have premiered at Venice: 1998’s “Elizabeth”, a period drama about Queen Elizabeth I directed by Shekhar Kapur, and “I’m Not There”, by Todd Haynes, a 2007 biopic in which Blanchett plays Bob Dylan, for which she won a best actress award. RGA

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