Tuesday, August 31, 2010

67th Venice International Film Festival News

Today is a good day to start this year's coverage of La Mostra that as we all know will officially start tomorrow with the opening ceremony at 7:pm followed by the premiere of Aronofsky's much awaited film Black Swan. Here are some interesting news.

- Persol 3D Award

The Persol 3-D Award is the first international prize of its kind, awarded to the film that has used stereoscopic 3-D in the most creative way. It was instituted for the first time in 2009 at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, and was awarded in its inaugural edition to The Hole 3D by Joe Dante, one of this summer’s Italian box-office “surprises”. The award will be attributed this year again to the most creative of the 3D films distributed in Italy (or shown as a world premiere screening in Italian film festivals) between September 11 2009 and September 10 2010.

These are the 3D films eligible for the second Persol award.

G-Force by Hoyt Yeatman
Planet 51 by Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad, Marcos Martínez
A Christmas Carol by Robert Zemeckis)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Avatar by James Cameron
Call of the Wild 3D by Richard Gabai)
Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton
How To Train Your Dragon by Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Clash of the Titans by Louis Leterrier
Toy Story – 3D by John Lasseter
OceanWorld 3D by Jean-Jaques Mantello
Toy Story 2 - 3D by John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich
The Final Destination 3D by David R. Ellis
U2 3D by Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington
Toy Story 3 by Lee Unkrich
Shrek Forever After by Mike Mitchell
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore by Brad Peyton
The Last Airbender by M. Night Shyamalan

Furthermore, another 3-D film will be eligible, and screened in its world premiere screening Out of Competition at the 67th Venice Film Festival: Tungngaan 3D (The Child’s Eye 3D) by Oxide and Danny Pang.

My personal wish is that Avatar doesn't get the award, for me still is a mediocre film with great special effects. To check the complete press release go here.

- Midnight [Madness] Screenings

Tomorrow at midnight will be the world premiere of the anticipated film by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, Machete that I'll probably watch (no rush) mainly because of the cast -well, the female cast- and in the right mood, I can actually enjoy Rodriguez's films.


Believe it -or not- tonight at 8:30pm (Italian time) there is a "pre-opening" event with the screening of Profumo di Donna (Scent of a Woman) by Dino Risi at Arena di Campo San Polo. This 1974 film starts none other than great Vittorio Gassman as il capitano Fausto Consolo (yes, watch it a long-long time ago).

This year coverage will be simultaneous in the blog and at facebook; obviously with different content and information, that know will complement each other, as facebook is very useful -as well easy to use- to have links to everything (news, videos, trailers, gossip, etc) related to La Mostra.

As expected most news coverage come from Italian news so I'll be checking them on daily basis to find and share what I believe is at least "interesting". Will start tomorrow with the daily coverage, similar to Cannes fest, BUT won't be able to do much on Thursday, Friday and maybe Saturday as finally my stuff is arriving, it took a little bit more than a month! But, I'm really happy that soon everything will be back to where it belongs, with me! (LOL!) and I'll be ready to finally go back to watch great movies with all my system installed.

Let's hope that everything goes smoothly and I can be back earlier than expected.


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