Director Sam Mendes to Head Up Venice Film Festival by Jennifer Niejadlik Consort News May 31, 2016 Events, Featured News, Film and TV, Jennifer Niejadlik, The Arts UK Director Sam Mendes will head up the 73rd Venice Film Festival. Mendes is no stranger to this enchanted Italian city. His film “Road to Perdition” starring Tom Hanks was in competition back in 2002. Mendes thanked the Venice Film Festival’s Art Director Alberto Barbara for this jury position by saying what fond memories he’s had of Venice since he was a student. In 1984 he worked in Venice for three months at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Director Sam Mendes arrives for the royal world premiere of the new 007 film “Skyfall” at the Royal Albert Hall in London October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett In 2000 Mendes won an Oscar for best director for his directorial debut and break out film “American Beauty” starring Kevin Spacey. The film also won best picture and in total five Oscar awards. Although Mendes is best known for his blockbuster films, two James Bond films, “Skyfall” 2012 and “Spectre” 2015 his career started with the stage. He was firstly known as a theater director. Recently he directed the Roald Dahl musical adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Theater Royal Drury Lane, London. Mendes is also the Executive Producer of the British TV series “Penny Dreadful”. Mendes said he is honored to preside over the oldest film festival in the world. His duties on the jury will help the international jury decide the winner of the prestigious Golden Lion award for best film and the winner of the Silver Lion award for best director. The 73rd Venice Film Festival runs from August 31st through September 10th, 2016. We hope to see you all on Lido beach. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.