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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

65th Venice Film Festival Line-Up


Today the festival released the official list of films that will be screened in the festival and here we have the movies in competition for the Golden Lion.

Venezia 65
The Wrestler, Darren Aronofsky, USA
The Burning Plain, Guillermo Arriaga, USA,
Il papà di Giovanna, Pupi Avati, Italy
Birdwatchers, Marco Bechis, Italy, 108’
L’Autre, Patrick Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic, France
Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow, USA
Il seme della discordia, Pappi Corsicato, Italy
Rachel Getting Married, Jonathan Demme, USA
Teza, Haile Gerima, Ethiopia, Germany and France
Bumažnyj soldat (Paper Soldier), Aleksey German Jr., Russia
Süt, Semih Kaplanoglu, Turkey, France and Germany
Akires to kame (Achilles and the Tortoise), Takeshi Kitano, Japan
Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on Cliff by the Sea), Hayao Miyazaki, Japan
Vegas: Based on a True Story, Amir Naderi, USA
The Sky Crawlers, Mamoru Oshii, Japan,
Un giorno perfetto, Ferzan Özpetek, Italy
Jerichow, Christian Petzold, Germany
Inju, la Bête dans l’ombre, Barbet Schroeder, France
Nuit de chien, Werner Schroeter, France, Germany and Portugal
Gabbla (Inland), Tariq Teguia, Algeria and France
Dangkou (Plastic City), YU Lik-wai, Brazil, China, China, Japan

Films in the Out-of-Competition Section
Opening Film: Burn After Reading, Joel and Ethan Cohen, USA and UK
Puccini e la fanciulla, Paolo Benvenuti, Italy
Yuppi Du, Adriano Celentano. Italy
35 Rhums, Claire Denis. France and Spain
Heshang aiqing (Cry me a river), JIA Zhang-ke, China, Spain and France (short film)
Shirin, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran (Juliette Binoche is here)
Vinyan, Fabrice Du Welz, France, UK and Belgium (with Emmanuelle Béart)
Encarnação do demonio, José Mojica Marins, Brazil
La rabbia, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy, 1963 (documentary -previously unreleased version)

In collaboration with the Far East Film Festival, Udine
Girara no gyakushu/Samitto kiki ippatsu! (Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit!), Minoru Kawasaki, Japan
Puen yai jom sa lad (Queens of Langkasuka), Nonzee Nimibutr, Thailand

Films in the Orizzonti Section
Goodbye Solo, Ramin Bahrani,USA
A Erva do Rato, Julio Bressane and Rosa Dias, Brazil
Parc, Arnaud des Pallières, France
Melancholia, Lav Diaz, Philippines (a movie with 450 minutes???)
Un lac, Philippe Grandrieux, France
Dikoe Pole (Wild Field), Mikhail Kalatozishvili, Russia
Il primo giorno d’inverno, Mirko Locatelli, Italy (gay interest)
Voy a explotar, Gerardo Naranjo, Mexico
Jay, Francis Xavier Pasion, Philippines
Pa-ra-da, Marco Pontecorvo, Italy, France and Romania
Zero Bridge, Tariq Tapa, India and USA

To check the films, shorts and documentaries in all sections, as well as the new series of retrospective screenings and restorations called These Phantoms: Italian Cinema Rediscovered (1946-1975) go here.

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