Stop Press! A woman heads a film jury at a prestigious film festival.

Annette Benning, actress and wife of Warren Beatty, will preside over the jury international jury for this year’s Venice International Film Festival (Aug 30 - Sept 9).Why is this news? Well, she is the first female president of the international jury for 11 years, and the sixth in history, after Catherine Deneuve in 2006, Gong Li in 2002, Jane Campion in 1997, Suso Cecchi D’Amico in 1980, and Sabine Azéma in 1987.

Festival director Alberto Barbera commented: “It was time to break with a long list of male presidents and invite a brilliant talented and inspiring woman to chair our International competition jury.

Basically despite training at the same schools, reading the same books, the men get t do more stuff than women in the film industry. So much so, that when a woman heads a jury, it is extra special news.



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