Alfonso Cuarón is ready to chair, and chair alike…
The 53-year-old Mexican director and Oscar-winner will chair the International Jury for the Competition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival in September.
The appointment by the board of directors comes two years after Cuarón’s Gravity opened the festival out of competition and one year after his friend Alejandro G. Inarritu raised the curtain with Birdman.
Both men went on to win the directing Academy Award (among others) for their respective films.
Two of Cuarón’s other Oscar nominated films have also premiered on the Lido: 2001’s Y Tu Mamà También and 2006’s Children Of Men. The former won the Osella Award for Best Screenplay and the Marcello Mastroianni Award (for stars Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna).
Children Of Men later won the Osella Award for Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography.
The Venice Film Festival runs from September 2-12.