75th Venice Film Festival kicks off

The 75th annual Venice Film Festival kicked off on August 29 on the lagoon with a presentation of the juries who will decide the destinies of this year’s crop of cinema contenders

The 75th annual Venice Film Festival kicked off on August 29 on the lagoon with a presentation of the juries who will decide the destinies of this year’s crop of cinema contenders. The jury for the main competition is presided by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, whose movie The Shape of Water won four.

The jury will award the Golden Lion for Best Film, the Silver Lion for Best Director, the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor and Best Actress, plus a Best Screenplay Award, a Special Jury Prize, and an award for Best New Young Actor or Actress.

The main contenders this year include Doubles Vies (Double Lives) by Olivier Assayas, starring Juliette Binoche and Guillaume Canet, Damien Chazelle’s First Man, starring Ryan Gosling, Roma by Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by the Coen Brothers, and At Eternity’s Gate, by painter and director Julian Schnabel, starring Willem Dafoe and Emmanuelle Seigner.