Darren Aronofsky to Head Venice Film Festival Jury

     April 28, 2011

After Quentin Tarantino last year, the Venice Mostra has chosen another hip American director to preside over its jury. Darren Aronofsky, who is a frequent visitor of the Italian festival, will have the honor of awarding the Golden Lion.

According to the Mostra artistic director, Marco Muller, Aronofsky is “a key figure in contemporary cinema whose work constantly engages the evolution and mutations of the many languages of art” and the “leader of a new generation” of filmmakers, while the prestigious French magazine Cahiers du Cinema calls him the “leader of the new generation.” Hit the jump for more Venetian details.

Aronofsky first competed at the venice Fim fest in 2006 with The Fountain and won the Golden Lion for best movie in 2008 for The WrestlerBlack Swan opened the Mostra last year and earned Mila Kunis the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Emerging Actress.

Tarantino’s tenure last year was tinged with controversy and accusations of favortism.  His ex-girlfriend Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere won best film, much to the dismay of critics who found the movie to be a borefest.  A couple of other friend’s of the director were also handed out trophies.  The Italian culture minister Sandro Bondi labelled Tarantino’s reign “the expression of an elitist, relativist and snobbish culture.”

Aronofsky will do better. I don’t think any of his ex-girlfriends are competing…

The 68th Venice Film festival will take place from August 31 to September 10.

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