The president of the jury of the Venice Film Festival, Julianne Moore, praised this afternoon the importance of putting art first when talking about the future of cinema.
During the opening press conference of the event, the actress, winner here of the 2002 Volpi Cup for Far from the skyAsked about the broadcast era, he said, “I feel like very often the discussion about the future of cinema ends up being a more commercial, more business-oriented discussion. For me, the most important thing is what is being created, what we continue to do, how we can ingest it, observe it, live with it. There will always be different delivery systems.” The world is constantly changing, she added, “but art doesn’t change… People are always finding new ways to tell stories.”
He later reiterated, “It’s so exciting when you see a new filmmaker, actor, writer… When we talk about the future of film, it often gets down to what the future of the business is. That is not the future of art.”
Moore also highlighted the importance of curating: “These are people who bring this extraordinary work together for all of us to discover,” recalling that the first curator she met was the programmer for the local movie theater where she grew up in Juneau, Alaska.
Mixed with watching Disney movies, at age 10, he discovered John Cassavetes. Minnie and Moskowitz and thought, “Seeing that and saying, ‘What is this world and how do I fit into it?’ that for me is the most important part of making movies and being in movies. It is very important to come to Venice, where there has been this curatorship and a great opportunity to learn”.
Of her jury duty, Moore recalled her first visit to Venice in 1986 when she was “an actress in a soap opera” (performing As the world turns‘ Frannie Hughes) and laughed: “If I had known then that I would be foreman of the jury, I would have fallen into the canal.”
A recurring theme here already in recent days has been the importance of international cinema, and Moore said he finds it “immensely gratifying to see films in other languages… Just looking at human beings and where they stand is inspiring and makes you feel closer.” During the festival, he added, “I have no idea what to expect… Not knowing what you’re going to see” is “electrifying.”
Joining Moore on the main jury are Argentine director Mariano Cohn, Italian director Leonardo Di Costanzo, French director and 2021 Golden Lion winner Audrey Diwan, Iranian actress Leila Hatami, Japanese-British writer Kazuo Ishiguro and director Spanish Rodrigo Sorogoyen.