Gucci’s Screen Goddesses

The 2011 Gucci Awards For Women In Cinema nominees have been announced with Hollywood’s “next big thing” Jessica Chastain set to scoop award
Gucci’s Screen Goddesses
Actress Jessica Chastain

Gucci, in collaboration with the 68th
Venice International Film Festival, is pleased to announce the nominees for the
new annual award to recognize an outstanding artistic achievement by a woman in
filmmaking: the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema. The inaugural award will be
presented at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.

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.

The 2011 Gucci Award for Women in Cinema
nominees are screenwriter Federica Pontremoli; producer Nansun Shi; director and producer
Athina Tsangari; director of photography Caroline Champetier and actress Jessica
Chastain. Touted as “the next big thing” and “Hollywood’s biggest secret”,
Jessica has nine films about to be released including The Tree of Life, and is
a frontrunner for the award in our opinion.

A jury led by Gucci Creative Director Frida
Giannini will select the final recipient from this group of distinguished
women. She 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.  The
winner will be announced during a ceremony and private dinner hosted by
Giannini on Friday, September 2nd.

This new accolade follows on from the Gucci
Group Award, which for four years - beginning in 2006- honoured artists who
made a remarkable contribution to film. 
Now Gucci has joined forces with one of the world’s most prestigious and
glamorous film festivals to spotlight and acclaim the unique contributions
women make to the film industry in a wide range of capacities.  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.

Gucci’s relationship with cinema dates back
to the 1940’s, and over the past six years the company has centered its
significant commitment toward preserving the art of cinema through its work
with Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation for the restoration of
groundbreaking and influential films. 
Titles restored to date include Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita,
Luchino Visconti’s Il Gattopardo and Senso, John Cassavetes’s A Woman Under the
Influence, Michelangelo Antonioni’s Le Amiche, and Barbara Loden’s Wanda, the
restored version of which had its world premiere at the 67th Venice Film
Festival in 2010.  The most recent
project, Nicholas Ray’s We Can’t Go Home Again, will have its world restoration
premiere at Venice on September 4th and will be introduced by James Franco and
Susan Ray. Following the premiere, a round table panel discussion will be
organized with James Franco, Susan Ray, Douglas Gordon, Wim Wenders and Victor
Erice.

On September
3rd, with the support of Gucci, Franco will also present three art
installations on the Certosa Island, as a collateral event of the 54th
International Art Exhibition, organized by la Biennale di Venezia. The three
installations will be: Rebel, an  abstract  examination 
of  20th century cinema and
iconography, Nicholas Ray's experimental film We Can't Go Home Again, and Sal,
the latest film directed by James Franco, which will both have their world
premiere at the 68th Venice International Film Festival on the Lido.