Tarantino to chair jury at Venice film festival

Thu May 6, 2010 9:37am EDT
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ROME (Reuters) - U.S. director Quentin Tarantino will chair the jury handing out the coveted Golden Lion award at this year's Venice film festival, organizers said Thursday.

The Oscar-winning 47-year old author of "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction" and more recently "Inglourious Basterds" was described in a statement as "one of the most startling directors in cinema today."

"He is perhaps the only American auteur to be adored worldwide like a rock star," organizers said.

The festival runs from Sept 1-11.

<p>The wax figure of Quentin Tarantino is pictured after an unveiling ceremony at Madame Tussauds in Berlin, March 23, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz</p>