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Madonna to present Gucci award in Venice

Pop icon Madonna will present the 2011 Gucci Award for Women in Cinema during a ceremony and private dinner to be hosted by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini on Friday on the sidelines of the 68th Venice International Film Festival.

The award will honour outstanding artistic achievement by women filmmakers and the nominees span a range of disciplines including direction, production and cinematography.

This year’s nominees are actress Jessica Chastain, for her work in The Tree of Life; Caroline Champetier, the director of photography of Of Gods and Men; Federica Pontremoli, screenwriter for Habemus Papam; Nansun Shi, producer of Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame and Athina Tsangari, the director and producer of Attenberg.

The jury, led by Giannini, will select the final recipient.

Madonna will also be in Venice to unveil her debut directorial venture W.E, a multi-layered romantic drama about the affair between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson and the modern relationship between a Russian security guard and a married woman.