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MADONNA TO PRESENT 2011 GUCCI AWARD FOR WOMEN IN CINEMA

August 29, 2011 – It was announced today that Madonna will present the 2011 Gucci Award for Women in Cinema during a ceremony and private dinner to be hosted by Frida Giannini on Friday, September 2nd at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.  Madonna is in Venice to present her new film W.E. which she directed and wrote.

The new annual award recognizes an outstanding artistic achievement by a woman in filmmaking.  Nominees have been selected from a range of disciplines including director, actor, producer, cinematographer, director of photography, set designer, screenwriter, editor, and costume designer by an Advisory Committee led by Venice International Film Festival Director Marco Mueller. 
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The 2011 Gucci Award for Women in Cinema nominees are: 
-Caroline Champetier: director of photography, Of Gods and Men 
-Jessica Chastain: actor, The Tree of Life 
-Federica Pontremoli: screenwriter, Habemus Papam
-Nansun Shi: producer, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
-Athina Tsangari: director and producer, Attenberg

A jury led by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini will select the final recipient from this group of distinguished women. Giannini is joined on the jury by actors Robin Wright, Valeria Golino, James Franco and film journalist, curator and the Venice Film Festival’s US Programmer Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan.  In honor of this occasion, Gucci will make a grant of US$25,000 to the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in the name of the recipient of the 2011 Gucci Award for Women in Cinema.
Photo Credits: Despina Spyrou/Teo Keng Beng/Catherine Faux
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