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Guillermo del Toro to head Venice Film Festival jury

Press Trust of India  |  Venice 

Guillermo del Toro, who won the for his "The Shape of Water", will be heading the competition jury of Venice International Festival this year.

The 75th edition of the popular festival will take place from August 29 to 8 this year, and the jury will pick the award for best film and other official awards.

"To serve as in Venice is an immense honour and responsibility that I accept with respect and gratitude. Venice is a window to world cinema and the opportunity to celebrate its power and cultural relevance," del Toro said in a statement.

Alberto Barbera, festival director, praised Del Toro for his passion for "the kind of cinema that can spark emotions, affect people and, at the same time, make them reflect".

"By virtue of his lively imagination, uncommon sensitivity and his trust in the power of images, he has brought to life a fantastic universe in which love and fear can coexist, and to treasure diversity is a fundamental value.

"We are pleased and honoured that he has agreed to preside over the Jury of the 75th Venice Film Festival, after having illuminated the previous edition with the dazzling beauty of He will be a genial, inquisitive and enthusiastic President," Alberto said.

"The Shape of Water", which is heading to with 13 nominations, had received the last year and the then jury chair, Annette Bening, had handed del Toro the trophy.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 19:25 IST