Tarantino to head Venice jury

Posted by · 7:27 pm · May 6th, 2010

Berlin went with Werner Herzog. Cannes with Tim Burton. Now Venice clearly felt they had to follow suit by tapping an eccentric auteur as jury president for the 67th Venice Film Festival in September. Quentin Tarantino will take the job.

It will, of course, be Tarantino’s second stab at chairing the jury of a major European festival: in 2004, he held the position at Cannes, somewhat contentiously throwing his weight behind the decision to award the Palme d’Or to Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Tarantino made no bones about wielding his influence on the awards that year (the runner-up, Park Chan-wook’s “Oldboy” was also a film after his own heart), so it’ll be interesting to see if he’s similarly persuasive in Venice.

Interestingly, unlike Cannes and Berlin, Tarantino has never actually taken a film to Venice — in contrast to last year’s president, two-time Golden Lion champ Ang Lee.

Meanwhile, Variety reports that, in addition to Julian Schnabel’s “Miral,” the Venice lineup will also include Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” Monte Hellman’s “Road to Nowhere” and Francois Ozon’s “Potiche.” If all goes according to plan, I’ll be on the Lido once more to let you know how it all goes down. For now, I’ve got Cannes on the brain.

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  • 1 5-07-2010 at 6:23 am

    Nick Davis said...

    Enviable itinerary you’ve got! You’re always so great at these festival dispatches that I’m thrilled you’ll be able to attend both of these.

  • 2 5-07-2010 at 11:32 am

    Al said...

    Tarantino actually didn’t want Fahrenheit to win at all. Story goes he feverishly tried to persuade the jury to award the Palm d’or to Oldboy. In the end it was given to tubby….shame.

  • 3 5-07-2010 at 11:50 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Interesting … I’d always heard otherwise. I do know that Tilda Swinton and Emmanuelle Beart both lobbied for “Tropical Malady.”

  • 4 5-07-2010 at 8:54 pm

    Al said...

    I can’t find a link now, but I could have sworn reading an article way back about Tarantino’s fight for Oldboy.