Wenders, Wim: Long Ties with Venice Fest–The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

June 27, 2008–Wim Wenders will head the main jury of the 65th Venice Film Festival.

Heralded by Venice artistic topper Marco Mueller as “one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation,” Wenders, 63, has longstanding ties with Venice, where his first feature The Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick showed in 1972.

Wenders, who won the Venice Golden Lion in 1973 for “The State of Things,” was most recently at the Lido with “Land of Plenty” in 2004.

The Coen Brothers’ spy comedy “Burn After Reading,” starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt, will open the fest, which runs August 27-September 6.