Alberto Barbera, the festival’s director recommended the Spectre director and he was chosen as the president of the international jury of the competition by the Biennale di Venezia board of directors. The jury will award the following prizes to films on the final night of the festival: Golden Lion for best film, Grand Jury Price, Best Director, Volpi Cup for Best Actor, Volpi Cup for Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Special Jury Price, and the Marcello Mastroianni Award to an emerging actor or actress.
“I’m very honored to have been asked by Alberto to lead the International Jury for Venezia 73,” Mendes said in a statement. “I am thoroughly delighted to be coming back to the Lido this year and welcoming a wealth of international filmmaking talent.”
Mendes has ties to Venice and the festival which go back to 1984 when he worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. In 2002, his film Road To Predition starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, and Jude Law premiered at the festival.
The Oscar-winning director is currently serving as executive producer of the Showtime series Penny Dreadful. He is also attached to direct and producer the adaptation of Gay Talese’s thriller The Voyeur’s Motel.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer