Venice Film Fest 2009: Ang Lee Head of Jury

Feb 27, 2009–Director Ang Lee will head the main jury of the 66th Venice Film Festival.  A two-time Golden Lion winner, in 2005 for “Brokeback Mountain,” and in 2007 for “Lust, Caution”  Lee was praised by festival head Marco Mueller as “one of the most successful directors at creating a dialogue between the filmmaking cultures of the East and West.”

Lee, who was born in Taiwan and trained at NYU Film School, is in post on the comedy “Taking Woodstock,” based on the memoir about the leadup to the 1969 Woodstock concert by author Elliot Tiber

While fest organizers declined to confirm whether “Woodstock,” slated by Focus Features for an August14 U.S. release date, will play at the Lido, a Venice bow in an out-of-competition slot seems timely.

The fest, which runs September 2-12, will be the first to take place while a new Palazzo del Cinema venue is under construction.