French film composer Alexandre Desplat, most famous for scoring The King’s Speech, Argo, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, will preside over the jury at this year’s Venice Film Festival. He becomes the first musician to serve in that capacity.
“It is a great honour and an arduous responsibility to be the president of the jury of such a prestigious festival,” said Desplat, in a statement. “Italian cinema has influenced both my taste and my music more than any other, and I am proud to be coming to the Venice Film Festival the year after Mr. Bernardo Bertolucci.”
The 71st Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 27 through Sept. 6. Last year, Gravity and Philomena—which Desplat scored—premiered at the Venice festival. This year’s slate of films has yet to be announced.