The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro named jury president of Venice Film Festival 2018

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February 12, 2018 18:57:38 IST

Rome: Mexican film director Guillermo Del Toro, who won last years Golden Lion for The Shape of Water, will preside over the jury of the 75th Venice Film Festival.

90th Oscars Nominees Luncheon– Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 05/02/2018 – Director Guillermo del Toro. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - HP1EE251LS2DC

Director Guillermo del Toro at 90th Oscars Nominees Luncheon. Reuters

"To serve as president in Venice is an immense honour and responsibility that I accept with respect and gratitude. Venice is a window to world cinema and the opportunity to celebrate its power and cultural relevance," Toro said in a statement, reports Variety.

The Shape of Water, Del Toro's ode to the horror films of his youth, has 13 Oscar nominations. It had its world premiere on the Lido last year.

The 75th Venice Film Festival will run from 29 August to 8 September.

Updated Date: Feb 12, 2018 18:58 PM