‘Nightingale’ and ‘Babadook’ Director Jennifer Kent Withdraws From Venice Jury

‘Nightingale’ and ‘Babadook’ Director Jennifer Kent Withdraws From Venice Jury
Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent will no longer be able to serve on the competition jury this month for the Venice International Film Festival, where last year she was the only woman in the competition lineup with her film “The Nightingale.”

IndieWire reached out for comment from Kent’s representatives, who said that Kent is dealing with an urgent family matter in Australia. “Due to pressing family matters in Australia, Jennifer regrets that she is unable to attend this year’s Venice Film Festival. As she loves the Venice Festival, which presented two prestigious awards to ‘The Nightingale’ last year, Jennifer has been very much looking forward to serving on the Competition Jury and hopes to return to the Lido to participate in a future edition of the Festival,” the statement said.

On the Biennale website, it was noted that Kent’s name was replaced with “American Psycho” director Mary Harron,
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