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Venice Film Festival: Competition jury announced – Who will award this year’s Golden Lion?

The entire international jury for this year’s Venice Film Festival has been announced. Here’s who joins President Isabelle Huppert on the jury.

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The Venice Film Festival has revealed the names that will join jury president Isabelle Huppert on the main competition jury for its 81st edition.

It’s a director-heavy selection this year, with jurors including James Gray (Armageddon timeAd Astra), Andrew Haigh (All of us strangers, 45 years old), Agnieszka Holland (Green borderEurope Europe), Kleber Mendonça Filho (Bacurau), Abderrahmane Sissako (Timbuktu), Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) and Julia von Heinz (And tomorrow the whole world, Tax). The only artist on the jury this year – apart from Isabelle Huppert – is Zhang Ziyi, the star of Memoirs of a Geisha and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The revered French actress Huppert was revealed as the president of the jury in May.

“Isabelle Huppert is a tremendous actress. Demanding, curious and of great generosity,” Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera said in a statement. “The muse of many great filmmakers, she has never avoided the invitation of young or not so famous directors who have seen in her the ideal interpreter of their stories. Her enormous willingness to constantly put herself on the line, a sign of her unusual intelligence, together with her ability to see films beyond geographical and mental boundaries, makes her an ideal jury president in a festival open to the whole world such as the Venice Film Festival.”

This year’s festival opens with the world premiere of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice Beetlejuicethe sequel to the director’s 1988 hit Beetlejuicestarring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Justin Theroux, Monica Bellucci, Jenna Ortega and Willem Dafoe – who was recently named Artistic director of the theater department of the Venice Biennale for 2025 and 2026.

The Warner Bros sequel will be screened out of competition, and the screening will mark a return to glittering normality on the Lido’s red carpet, after last year’s festival had less star-wattage than usual given the then ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice will begin its international release in theaters on September 4.

The lineup for this year’s festival will be revealed on July 25.

The festival has built a reputation over the years for being an awards platform and remains the premier destination for studios looking to build Oscar campaigns. Among the rumored titles for the 81st edition are Todd Phillips’ Joker 2: Folie à Deux starring Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga; Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of William S. Burroughs Queer, starring Daniel Craig; Pablo Larraín’s Maria Callas biography Maria, starring Angelina Jolie; and Ron Howard’s survival thriller The oathstarring Jude Law, Ana de Armas, Sydney Sweeney, Vanessa Kirby and Daniel Brühl.

The 81st Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 to September 7.

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