The jury of London Film Festival (LFF) will be chaired in its next edition by the director Amat Escalanteas announced this Tuesday by the contest.
Escalante will head the jury of the official competition of this 67th edition, which opens on October 4, together with the Edinburgh festival programmer, Kate Taylor, and the English novelist Niven Govinden.
Meanwhile, the jury for the best debut feature will be headed by the British Raine Allen-Miller, director of one of the sensations of the season, Rye Lane.
Escalante, winner of the best director award at the Cannes and Venice festivals, considered it “an honor and a privilege” to be able to “escape to London to see this beautiful and exciting selection of new films from around the world with my fellow jury members.” , according to a statement from the LFF.
“As a filmmaker who has been selected and participated in the BFI London Film Festival, I am aware of the high quality and daring standards of selection for which the festival is known, and that makes it even more special and important to have received this invitation,” added the director of heli.
Escalante’s last film, Lost in the nightwill be screened within one of the parallel sections of the festival.
Among the eleven films that will compete in the official selection are Evil does not existfrom the Japanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi, or Together 99by the Swede Lukas Moodyson.
Who is Amat Escalante?
The website of the Amparo Museum, a venue located in Puebla, has a section about the filmmaker –born in Spain but of a Mexican father– where he indicates that he studied in the Center for Cinematographic Studies of Catalonia (Barcelona) “and later at the International School of Cinema and Television of Cuba.”
“Thanks to his first short film: Blood, in 2002 he received the award for best director at the Newport Beach International Film Festival, and the first prize at the Voladero Film Festival in Monterrey (Mexico). In 2003 he won the Berlinale prize for his short film “Moored”.
His first feature film was made in 2005, Blood, in collaboration with Carlos Reygadas. He won the Best Director award at Cannes in 2013, for his film heli.