Michael Mann hasn't been in the director's seat since 2009's "Public Enemies," save for his involvement in HBO's short-lived series "Luck." He's a guy with a stack of potential projects lined up, but it seems he'll take a little bit of a break from the fray to head up the jury of the 69th annual Venice Film Festival later this year.
Newly installed artistic director Alberto Barbera made the recommendation to the fest's board of governors, chaired by Paolo Baratta, and they jumped at the opportunity. It will be the first time Mann has ever chaired a jury, interestingly enough. What of this year's eventual line-up will spark for the man behind such modern classics as "The Last of the Mohicans," "Heat" and "The Insider?" Better yet, what can we expect to see at the fest?
Earlier this week Barbera dropped a few clues as to what we might see at the Lido this year. In remarks to Italian journalists, as reported by Eric Lyman at The Hollywood Reporter, Barbera mentioned Brian De Palma ("Passion"), Terrence Malick ("To the Wonder") and Paul Thomas Anderson ("The Master") as possibilities, as well as Italian talents Silvio Soldini ("The Commander and the Stork"), Marco Bellocchio ("Dormant Beauty") and Gabriele Salvatores ("Siberian Education").