Argentine director Lucrecia Martel has been appointed jury president for the 76th annual Venice Film Festival. Martel said, “It’s an honor, a responsibility, and a pleasure to be a part of this celebration of cinema, of humanity’s immense desire to understand itself.” You can read my review of Martel's stunning debut feature on the Drama Movies site. La Cienaga Film Review
Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is being awarded the festival's Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement prize. The fest runs August 28th through September 7th.