Monday 27 February 2017

Aronofsky heads up Venice film jury

Darren Aronofsky will head up the Venice Film Festival jury
Darren Aronofsky will head up the Venice Film Festival jury

The Venice Film Festival organisers have announced that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky will head the jury of the next festival.

Aronofsky's Oscar-nominated ballet film opened last year's festival, and he won the Golden Lion in 2008 for The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke.

Black Swan received five Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director. Natalie Portman won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of an obsessed ballerina.

The festival organisers called Aronofsky a key figure in contemporary film, saying his work "constantly engages the evolution and mutations of the many languages of art."

The international jury awards the Golden Lion and other official prizes. The festival runs from August 31 to September 10.

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