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Isabelle Huppert named as jury president at 2024 Venice Film Festival

May 9, 2024

French actress Isabelle Huppert (Elle, The Piano Teacher, La Cérémonie) will be the president of the International Jury of the Competition at the 81st Venice International Film Festival (August 28 -September 7, 2024), which will assign the Golden Lion for Best Film, as well as other official awards.

The decision was made by the Board of Directors of parent body the Biennale di Venezia, who confirmed the recommendation of Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera.

Commented Huppert:

“There is a long and beautiful history between the Festival and I. Becoming a privileged spectator is an honour. 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,”

Huppert has a long relationship with the Venice Film Festival. She has won its Coppa Volpi for best actress twice with Story of Women (1988) and La Cérémonie (1995). In 2005, she was honoured with a Special Golden Lion for the Overall Work for Gabrielle by Patrice Chéreau.

Other highlights of Huppert’s more than 150-credit filmography include Elle by Paul Verhoeven, for which she garnered an Oscar nomination and also won a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit Award. In 2022 she was feted with the Honorary Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

“Isabelle Huppert is an immense actress, demanding, curious and of great generosity. The muse of numerous great filmmakers, she has never shirked the invitation of young or not-so-famous directors who have seen in her the ideal interpreter of their stories,” said Barbera.

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