Film festival, Venice indicates to Annette Bening as the chairman of the jury

Bening, four times nominated for an Oscar, is the first female jury president in Venice since 2006.


At the beginning of september is traditionally the Venice film festival. For the jury this year, chose the organization this year for actress Annette Bening. Bening, director Sam Mendes observes, is the first female jury president since Catherine Deneuve in 2006.

“It was time to break with the tradition of male juryvoorzitters and for this year, a brilliantly talented and inspiring woman to invite for our international competitiejury,” says artistic director Alberto Barbera in a press release. “I am very that Annette Bening has this feature accepted.’

Who is Annette Bening?

Bening began as a theatre actress and won for her first role immediately a Tony Award. Her first steps in the world of film ran less smoothly. After roles in trivial tv-productions and alongside Dan Ackroyd in the comedy the Great Outdoors (1988) she got into the skin of the manipulative marquise de Merteuil in Valmont (1989).

For the big breakthrough had to wait until the charming Jim Thompsonadaptation The Grifters (1990). Benings rendition of a sweet oplichtster gave her not only an Oscar for the Best Female supporting Role, but also a role in Barry Levinson‘s Bugsy (1991).

Icing on the cake was the Oscar for Best Female lead for her portrayal of Kevin Spacey‘s wacky wife in Sam Mendes‘ superb debut American Beauty (1999).

Later it became quieter around Bening, even though she shone in films such as Open Range (2003), Being Julia (2004) and The Kids Are All Right (2010). Also for the last two films she took an Oscar for Best Female lead in his pocket.

Bening has the sort of perverse movies and creators, she told in 2010 Knack Focus. “A lot of people swear by pseudowijsheden as ‘do not expect too much of your neighbor’ and ‘do not fall too hard on’. To me, this kind of conformism kotsmisselijk. We are instilled that we can be as accommodating as possible to live. There will make you happy! Don’t make me laugh. I prefer always a stubborn individualist above a compliant zombie.’

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