Darren Aronofsky To Head Venice Film Festival Jury
Posted on Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:00 AM PDT

Aronofsky200No.2.jpgROME, Italy (X17online) - Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky will be jury president of the main competition at this year's Venice Film Festival, the 68th.

Aronofsky, 42, is a friend of the fest; his last three films have all premiered there and he took the fest's top prize, the Golden Lion, The Wrestler in 2008.

Black Swan premiered there last year, and The Fountain, starring Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn, in 2006.

Last year's jury president was director Quentin Tarantino, who sparked criticism after the jury gave three top prizes to directors who Tarantino knew personally.

The fest runs August 31-Sept. 10, 2011.

Aronofsky's next film, Machine Man, is expected to hit theaters in 2012. He recently dropped out of directing the new Wolverine movie, citing personal reasons. He has several other projects in the work. Aronofsky first found fame in 2000, when he wrote and directed Requiem for a Dream.