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Venice Film Fest 2011: Aronofsky to Head Competition Jury

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 27, 2011 at 3:55AM

Darren Aronofsky considers the Venice Film festival to be his good-luck charm. He debuted in Venice both The Wrestler, which won the Golden Lion in 2008, and Black Swan, which opened the festival last year. Both went on to become top awards contenders; Natalie Portman won the best actress Oscar. His first film to compete in Venice was The Fountain in 2006.
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Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

Darren Aronofsky considers the Venice Film festival to be his good-luck charm. He debuted in Venice both The Wrestler, which won the Golden Lion in 2008, and Black Swan, which opened the festival last year. Both went on to become top awards contenders; Natalie Portman won the best actress Oscar. His first film to compete in Venice was The Fountain in 2006.

Now Aronofsky will pay back Venice's good karma as president of the International Jury for the Competition. The 68th fest, which runs from August 31 through September 10, calls Aronofsky "a key figure of contemporary cinema." He follows in another American director's footsteps; Quentin Tarantino led the Venice jury last year, which awarded the Lion to Sofia Coppola's Somewhere.

Aronofsky might have been working this summer, but withdrew from directing Fox's latest Wolverine.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky


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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.