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Bertolucci To Lead Venice Film Fest Jury

posted 9 May 2013, 13:24 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 9 May 2013, 13:25 ]

Bernardo Bertolucci named as head of the jury at the 2013 Venice film festival.

CANNESFRANCE (REUTERS) - Veteran Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci will head the jury of this year'sVenice film festival, which runs from August 28 - September 7, organizers said on Thursday (May 9).

Bertolucci is best known for his steamy 1972 movie "Last Tango in Paris" and for the 1987 biopic "The Last Emperor", which won nine Oscars and is the only Italian film to have won an Academy Award for best director.

In Venice, the 73-year old wheelchair-bound film-maker will preside over the panel that decides the main awards at the annual cinema showcase, including the coveted Golden Lion prize for best picture.