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Venice Film Festival adds more jury members

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Darren Aronofsky now knows who will be helping him hand out trophies at the Venice Film Festival in the fall.

Representatives for the fest confirmed on Friday that Todd Haynes, Andre Techine, Mario Martone and actress Alba Rohrwacher – all of whom have had films in Venice – will join the “Black Swan” helmer in judging competition.

THR notes that other jury members include Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and Finish visual artist Ejia-Liisa Ahtila. It is an eclectic group, and one that, we hope, will spread trophies to a wide range of films.

Last year, Quentin Tarantino was criticized for reportedly handling out prizes to filmmakers who had close personal ties to the “Pulp Fiction” director. How else can you explain a Venice win for the dreadful “Somewhere” by Sofia Coppola?

This year’s edition of the Venice festival will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 10.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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