Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
VENICE

Haifaa al-Mansour to head Venice jury for debut features

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Venice, July 10 - Saudi Arabia's first female
filmmaker, Haifaa al-Mansour, was named Wednesday to head the
jury for the Luigi De Laurentiis prize at the Venice
International Film Festival.
Mansour, whose feature debut "Wadjda" (The Green Bicycle)
was well received last year at the Venice festival, continues to
gain recognition internationally.
After studying comparative literature at the American
University in Cairo, Mansour went on to earn a Masters in Film
Studies at the University of Sydney.
The success of her short films and documentaries, including
the innovative Women Without Shadow in 2005 has influenced a new
wave of Saudi directors and raised the profile of films in her
country.
There, her work is both praised and vilified for
encouraging the discussion of taboo topics and for having
penetrated the wall silence surrounding the segregated lives of
Saudi women.
The international success of "Wadjda" - about a young
girl's dream of riding a bicycle, taboo for women in Saudi
Arabia - led Variety magazine to include Mansour among its "10
Directors to Watch" list for 2013.
Mansour will lead a panel of seven film personalities in
judging entrants for the $100,000 Luigi De Laurentiis prize for
a first feature film, with the prize money to be split between
the producer and director.
The 70th Venice film festival will run August 28 through
September 7.

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