Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel
is heading to the Venice Film Festival — as jury president. Variety reports the “Zama” and “La Ciénaga” filmmaker will lead the competition jury at this year’s festival, making her only the seventh woman to hold the position in the lauded festival’s 76-year history. Over the course of the last two decades, the festival has beefed up on its female leadership representatives in the jury pool: in 2017, the jury was led by Annette Bening
, while Catherine Deneuve
and Gong Li tackled the gig in 2006 and 2002, respectively.
In announcing the presidential pick, festival head Alberto Barbera
called Martel “Latin America’s most important female director and one of the top female directors worldwide,” adding that she had achieved such a vaunted status after making just “four feature films and a handful of shorts” over the course of her still-young career.
Barbera added in an official statement,