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Alice Rohrwacher President of the International Jury for the Venice Award for a Debut Film

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71st Venice Film Festival from August to 27 to Sept. 6, 2014
06 | 16 | 2014

The Jury will award the Lion of the Future

Italian director Alice Rohrwacher has been appointed the President of the International Jury for the“Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.
Alice Rohrwacher won the Grand Prix at the last Cannes Film Festival with Le Meraviglie (The Wonders). In 2011 her first feature film, Corpo celeste, premiered at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and was selected at Sundance, New York, London, Rio and Tokyo Film Festivals. Corpo Celeste won the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award, the Nastro d'Argento Award and the Ciak d'Oro Award for best first work, as well as the Suso Cecchi D'Amico Award for best screenplay.
The 71st Venice International Film Festival will be held from 27 August to 6 September 2014 at the Lido of Venice, directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chairedby Paolo Baratta.
The International Juryof the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film is composed of 7 personalities in the cinema and culture of different countries, including a producer. The Jury will select one film from among all the first feature films in the various competitive sections of the Festival (Official Selection and Independent and Parallel Sections), awarding it the Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film and a prize of 100,000 USD, provided by Filmauro di Aurelio e Luigi De Laurentiis which will be divided equally between the director and the producer. No joint winners are allowed.
In recent years the Venice Award for a Debut Film was conferred to: Le grand voyage by Ismaël Ferroukhi (2004), 13 - Tzameti by Gela Babluani (2005), Khadak by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth (2006), La zona by Rodrigo Plá (2007), Pranzo di ferragosto (Mid August Lunch) by Gianni Di Gregorio (2008), Engkwentro (Clash) by Pepe Diokno (2009), Cogunluk (Majority) by Seren Yüce (2010), Là-Bas (Là-Bas: A Criminal Education) by Guido Lombardi (2011), Küf (Mold) by Ali Aydin (2012), White Shadow by Noaz Deshe (2013).

Alice Rohrwacher (Fiesole 1981) was raised in Umbria, daughter of an Italian mother and German father, and has lived in Turin, Lisbon and Berlin. She graduated in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Turin and attended a course in narrative techniques at the Scuola Holden in that city. She continued her university studies in Lisbon, when she also attended the documentary film school at the Videoteca Municipal. She worked primarily in theatre, as a dramaturge and musician, with various directors such as Eleonora Moro, Valter Malosti, Gabriele Vacis and Francesco Micheli. In 2005, with Pier Paolo Giarolo, she made the documentary film Un piccolo spettacolo. She continued to work as an editor of documentary films in later years, for films by Luciana Fina, Giuseppe Baresi, Mirta Morrone. In 2011 she wrote and directed her first feature-length film, Corpo celeste, selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, and presented in various festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the BFI London Fim Festival, the Festival do Rio. For Corpo celeste she won the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award, the Nastro d’argento and the Ciak d’Oro for Best Debut Film and the Suso Cecchi D’Amico award for Best Screenplay. In 2014, she returned to the Cannes Film Festival, in Competition this time with The Wonders (Le meraviglie), which won the Grand Jury Prize. She lives in Umbria.