Miyazaki film to compete in Venice

Kyodo

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s new animation “Kaze Tachinu” (“The Wind Rises”) has been chosen to be screened in the competition division of the 70th Venice International Film Festival set to open on Aug. 28, festival organizers said Thursday.

They said 19 other films have been chosen, including new works by directors Philippe Garrel and Terry Gilliam. They will compete for the festival’s highest honor, the Golden Lion award.

Miyazaki, who won the Honorary Golden Lion award in 2005, issued a statement saying he will not be able to attend the festival this year, which will mark the third time he has had a film screened at the event.

The jury will be headed by Bernardo Bertolucci, director of “The Last Emperor.” The festival will be held on Venice’s Lido island through Sept. 7.