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“Isabelle Huppert named president of Venice Film Festival jury”

French actress Isabelle Huppert has been appointed as the president of the international jury of the competition at the upcoming 81st Venice International Film Festival. The prestigious event is set to take place from August 28 to September 7, where Huppert and the jury will have the important task of deciding on the Golden Lion for best film, along with other official awards.

The decision to appoint Huppert as the jury head was made by the Biennale di Venezia board of directors, based on the recommendation of the festival’s director, Alberto Barbera. Huppert expressed her excitement about the role, stating, “There is a long and beautiful history between the festival and I. Becoming a privileged spectator is an honor. More than ever, cinema is a promise. The promise to escape, to disrupt, to surprise, to take a good look at the world, united in the differences of our tastes and ideas.”

Barbera praised Huppert as “an immense actress, demanding, curious, and of great generosity,” highlighting her contributions to the film industry. He emphasized her willingness to work with both experienced and emerging filmmakers, showcasing her exceptional talent and intelligence. Barbera believes that Huppert’s unique perspective and ability to transcend boundaries make her the ideal president of the jury for a festival as diverse and inclusive as the Venice Film Festival.

Huppert’s appointment has generated a lot of buzz in the film industry, with many looking forward to seeing her lead the jury and contribute to the celebration of cinematic excellence at the Venice International Film Festival.