Magazine article Screen International

Guillermo del Toro to Head Venice Film Festival Jury

Magazine article Screen International

Guillermo del Toro to Head Venice Film Festival Jury

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The Shape Of Water director named 2018 jury head.

Guillermo del Toro receiving his Golden Lion in 2017.

The Shape Of Water director Guillermo del Toro will preside over the International Jury of the Competition at the 75th Venice International Film Festival (August 29 - September 8, 2018).

Del Toro’s fantasy romance The Shape Of Water premiered in competition at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, where it scooped the Golden Lion for best film, which was awarded by a jury presided over by Annette Bening. The film has subsequently been nominated for 13 Academy Awards, and del Toro is considered a front-runner for the Best Director prize.

The Mexican director also previously screened his film Mimic at the festival in 1998. In 2006, he was a member of the jury for the Luigi de Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film.

Guillermo del Toro commented: “To serve as president in Venice is an immense honour and responsibility that I accept with respect and gratitude. Venice is a window to world cinema and the opportunity to celebrate its power and cultural relevance. …

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