ROME — Bernardo Bertolucci will preside over the jury of the 70th Venice Film Festival, from where he launched his stellar career.
The revered Italo auteur, who is 72, bowed his first feature, gritty drama âThe Grim Reaper,â from the Lido in 1962, when he has a boy wonder.
âAt the time what I wanted from films was surprise and enjoyment. I havenât changed much since then,â Bertolucci said Thursday in a statement.
Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera praised Bertolucci for exploring âwith insatiable curiosity the world around us and the ever-evolving language of film.â
Bertolucci won nine Oscars in 1987 for âThe Last Emperor,â making him the only Italian ever to win an Oscar for best director. He recently returned to the directorâs chair after an eight-year hiatus for small-scale drug addiction drama âMe and You,â released in April in the U.K. by Artificial Eye.
In separate news, the Venice fest on May 8 launched its call for entries for the second edition of its innovative Biennale College workshop, which shepherds microbudget pics from development through distribution, providing each project with Euros 150,000 ($197,000) in cash. Once completed, the three winning projects unspool at the fest. The deadline for director/producer teams is July 10.
The 70th edition of Venice will run Aug. 28-Sept. 7.