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Paul Schrader to Head Orizzonti Jury at 70th Venice Film Festival, 'The Canyons' Will Screen Out of Competition

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 5, 2013 at 12:59PM

Director and screenwriter Paul Schrader has been chosen as the president of the International Jury for the Orizzonti section of the upcoming Venice International Film Festival, celebrating its 70th year this August. Schrader's new film "The Canyons," starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, will screen out of competition at the Italian fest.
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Paul Schrader
Paul Schrader

Director and screenwriter Paul Schrader has been chosen as the president of the International Jury for the Orizzonti section of the upcoming Venice International Film Festival, celebrating its 70th year this August. Schrader's new film "The Canyons," starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, will screen out of competition at the Italian fest.

"The Canyons," which is written by Bret Easton Ellis and is a depiction of wayward young Hollywood, was crowdfunded into production by Kickstarter campaign. Be sure to read this fascinating, in-depth New York Times profile on Lohan's casting in the film. 

The Schrader-headed jury will award Best Film and other official prizes in the Orizzonti section, which features an international competition of a maximum of 20 feature-length films, with special attention to debut films by young talent who are not yet firmly established. The prizes awarded are:

  • Orizzonti Award for Best Film
  • Orizzonti Award for Best Director (new award)
  • Special Orizzonti Jury Prize (new award)
  • Special Orizzonti Award for innovative content
  • Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film

The Venice International Film Festival runs from August 28 through September 7, 2013. 



This article is related to: Festivals, Venice Film Festival


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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.