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Blanchett heads Venice Film Festival jury

By AAP Newswire

Australian actor Cate Blanchett is to preside over the international jury at the Venice Film Festival, which runs from September 2-12.

Commenting on the appointment festival director Alberto Barbera said Blanchett was an icon of contemporary cinema, courted by the greatest directors of the past 20 years and adored by moviegoers of every kind.

"Her commitment in the artistic and humanitarian fields and to the protection of the environment, as well as her defence of the emancipation of women in a film industry still coming to terms with male prejudice, have made her an inspiration for society as a whole.

"Her immense talent as an actress, combined with her unique intelligence and sincere passion for cinema, are the ideal qualities for a jury president," Barbera said.

Blanchett said: "Every year I look expectantly to the selection at Venice, and every year it is surprising and distinct. Venice is one of the most atmospheric film festivals in the world - a celebration of the provocative and inspirational medium that is cinema in all its forms. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be this year's jury president."

Blanchett previously served as jury president of the 71st Cannes Film Festival in 2018.