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Monday, August 09, 2010

67th Venice International Film Festival Lineup


Today feels like a holiday as have some free time to write in the blog and what better than to post the lineup of the second most important festival in the world, La Biennale.

From September 1st to the 11th the fest will run in Venezia and definitively I'll be watching if RAI International broadcast the event as the opening film is Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan with a great cast and to my surprise a little lesbian interest in the story.

Here are the films in the Main International Competition.

Attenberg, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece
Balada Triste de Trompeta (A Sad Trumpet Balad), Alex de la Iglesia, Spain and France
Barney's Version, Richard J. Lewis, Canada and Italy
Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky, USA (lesbian interest)
The Ditch, Wang Bing, Hong Kong, France and Belgium (was the surprise film!)
Di Renjie Zhi tongtian Diguo (Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame), Hark Tsui, China (with Tony Leung Ka Fai)
Drei (Three), Tom Tykwer, Germany (gay interest)
Essential Killing, Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland, Norway, Hungary, and Ireland (with Emmanuelle Seigner)
Happy Few, Antony Cordier, France (gay interest)
Jusan-Nin No Shikaku (13 Assasins), Takashi Miike, Japan (with Kôji Yakusho)
Meek's Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt, USA
Miral, Julian Schnabel, USA, France, Italy and Israel (Most awaited, must be seen -of course)
Noi Credevamo, Mario Martone, Italy and France (with Toni Servillo!)
Noruwei No Mori ノルウェイの森 (Norwegian Wood), Anh Hung Tran, Japan
La Passione, Carlo Mazzacurati, Italy
La Pecora Nera, Ascanio Celestini, Italy
Ovsyanki Овсянки (Silent Souls), Aleksei Fedorchenko, Russia
Post Mortem, Pablo Larraín, Chile, Mexico and Germany
Potiche, Fracois Ozon, France (Must be seen)
Promises Written in Water, Vincent Gallo, USA
Road To Nowhere, Monte Hellman, USA
La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi (The Solitude of Prime Numbers), Saverio Costanzo, Italy, Germany and France (gay interest)
Somewhere, Sofia Coppola, USA
Vénus Noire (Black Venus), Abdellatif Kechiche, France

Main Competition Jury
President: Quentin Tarantino
Guillermo Arriaga, director/screenwriter, Mexico
Ingeborga Dapkunaite, actress, Lithuania
Arnaud Despelchin, director/screenwriter, France
Danny Elfman, musician/composer, USA
Luca Guadagnino, director/screenwriter, Italy
Gabriele Salvatore, director/screenwriter, Italy

Very impressive lineup with well-established directors like Schnabel, Ozon and others like Sofia Coppola, Larrain, Skolimowski, Reichardt among others. My first impression is that this lineup is NOT similar to the -now- infamous Cannes 2010 lineup.

Up-to-today the official site has only the list, but soon will have information about each film. To check the complete list go here.

If the competition lineup is impressive just check the also impressive long list that makes the Out of Competition Official Selection.

1960, Gabrielle Salvatores, Italy
A Letter to Elia, Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones, USA (documentary)
All Inclusive 3D, Naddia Ranocchi and David Zamagni, Italy and Austria
Dante Ferretti - Production Designer, Gianfranco Giagni, Italy (documentary)
Gorbaciof, Stefano Incerti, Italy
I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck, USA
Jianyu (Reign of Assassins), John Woo and Su Chao Pin (Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement)
Jingwu Fengyun Chen Zhen (Legent of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen), Andrew Lau, China and Hong Kong (Opening Night Tribute to Bruce Lee)
Last Movie, Dennis Hopper, USA, 1971
Lope, Andrucha Waddington, Spain and Brazil (with Sonia Braga... hmm)
Machete, Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, USA Midnight Opening Film (yes, will watch no matter how gross could be)
Niente Paura - Come Siamo Come Eravamo e le Canzoni di Luciano Ligabue, Piergiorgio Gay, Italy (documentary)
Notizie Degli Scavi, Emidio Greco, Italy
Passione, John Turturro, Italy
Prezit Svuj Zivot (Surviving Life), Jan Svankmajer, Czech Republic and Slovakia
La Prima Volta a Venezia, Antonello Sarno, Italy ( with Toni Servillo and only 43')
Raavanan, Mani Ratman, India (short name Raavan - Of course must be seen for me with Aish) will screen the Tamil version and as an Out of Competition Event the Hindi version
Sei Venezia, Carlo Mazzacurati, Italy
Senritsu Meikyu 3D (The Shock Labyrinth: Extreme), Japan
Sorrelle Mai, Marco Bellocchio, Italy
Taikong Xia 3D (Space Guy), Yuan Zhang, China (animation short)
That Girl in Yellow Boots, Anurag Kashyap, India
The Tempest, Julie Taymor, USA Closing Film (first is Taymor, second is with Helen Mirren, must be seen)
The Town, Ben Affleck, USA
Tungngaan 3D (The Child's Eye 3D), Oxide Pang and Danny Pang, China and Hong Kong
L'Ultimo Gattopardo: Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo, Giuseppe Tornatore (documentary)
Vallanzasca - Gli Angeli del Male, Michele Placido, Italy
Vittorio Racconta Gassman - Una Vita da Mattatore, Giancarlo Scarchilli, Italy (documentary) (I'm interested) Yes, there will a tribute to Vittorio Gassman.
Yongxin Tiao (Showtime) Stanley Kwan, China (with Tony Leung Ka Fai)
Zebraman, Takashi Miike, Japan, 2004
Zebraman: Zebra City No Gyakushu (Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City), Takashi Miike, Japan

To check the list go here.

I'll wait for the official site to have films information to list the Orizzonti section as right now ALL (shorts, feature films, experimental films, etc) are together. But for starters here are the opening and closing fims

Opening Film: La Belle Endormie, Catherine Breillat, France
Closing Film: Ok-hui-ui yeonghwa (Oki's Movie), Hong Sang-soo, Korea

The Orizzonti section will have four new awards:

Orizzonti Award to full-length (long and very long feature films)
Special Jury Orizzonti Prize (ditto)
Orizzonti Award (short films)
Orizzonti Award (medium-length films)

The renewed Orizzonti section absorbed the CortoCortissimo and Special Events sections, so I'm really curious to find out how they will manage this section and obviously the "new trends" feature films that will screen.

Shirin Neshat will chair the Jury of the Orizzonti section and none other than Fatih Akin will chair the Luigi De Laurentiis Award given to a debut film, an award that gives US$100,000 to be shared by the director and producers - no ex aequo (tie) is permitted.

Other sections in the fest this year are ControCampo Italiano with new trends in Italian Cinema and Italian Comedy a retrospective section on Italian comedy from 1910 to 1988.

If you thought that August is a lousy summer month for movies please think again as in a few days (after the 15) the Berlinale will start to pour us with lots of information about movies as well as events from fest that starts on September 1st.

Last but not least please don't forget that this fest has the Queer Lion Award and for starters I'm almost sure that Aronofsky's Black Swan is in the list of films competing for this award, hope there are many more that we will learn as soon as they publish the list or when I research each film in the fest.

Bravo! La Biennale ha iniziato!!

To watch available trailers ONLY for films in main competition go Movie On Companion.

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