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Bernardo Bertolucci Named President of the International Jury of the Venezia 70 Competition

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 9, 2013 at 11:59AM

The jury president of the 70th Venice Film Festival international competition jury will be top Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci. The Venice Biennale, Europe's oldest film festival, will run from August 28 through September 7. 2013. The jury will award the Golden Lion and other official prizes; South Korean Oscar submission "Pieta" won the Golden Lion last year; the prize has also gone in recent years to Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" and Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere."

-          Golden Lion for Best Film

-          Silver Lion for Best Director

-          Grand Jury Prize

-          Special Jury Prize (a new award)

-          Coppa Volpi for Best Actor

-          Coppa Volpi for Best Actress

-          Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress

-          Award for Best Screenplay

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.