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Argentine Lucrecia Martel Named President of the Venice Film Festival Jury

She becomes only the third Latin American filmmaker to receive the honor.

By | [email protected] | June 24, 2019 3:17pm

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Here at The Bubble we’re really into Argentines doing cool stuff abroad, especially if it’s related to something in the arts. Which is why we’re pretty giddy with the news coming out of the Venice Film Festival today. Turns out Lucrecia Martel, the 52-year-old cult filmmaker, has been named the president of the jury for the 76th edition of the festival, one of the most prestigious events in the film industry and the longest-running festival of them all.

In an official statement, Ms. Martel was more than gracious: “It’s an honor, a responsibility, and a pleasure to be a part of this celebration of cinema, of humanity’s immense desire to understand itself.” Martel joins a select group of filmmakers to preside the jury, and becomes only the seventh woman to do so, as well as only the third Latin American ever.

Photo via La Gaceta Salta

Martel has her share of history with the festival. Her latest feature Zama premiered at Venice in 2017, garnering critical acclaim. The director of the film festival, Alberto Barbera, commented that “four feature films and a handful of shorts, in just under two decades, have been enough to make Lucrecia Martel Latin America’s most important female director, and one of the top worldwide. In her films, the originality of her stylistic research and her meticulous mise-en-scène are at the service of a worldview free of compromises, dedicated to exploring the mysteries of female sexuality and the dynamics of groups and classes. We are grateful to her for having enthusiastically agreed to put her exacting, yet anything but uncharitable, gaze at the service of this commitment we have requested of her.”

Martel has been on a roll as of late. She recently finished work on Bjork’s Cornucopia, a multimedia concert that played only eight shows at New York City’s The Shed. To read more about that massive crossover, read our original piece on the event. Retrospectives of her work have screened at many art and cultural institutions, such as Harvard, MoMA, Lincoln Center, Cambridge, and London’s Tate Museum.