Saturday, September 05, 2009

66th Venice International Film Festival Lineup - Update

From September 2 to 12 the Biennale will take place in Venice, Italy and recently they announced the official lineup and here it is for main competition.

Official Competition

36 Vues du Pic Saint-Loup, Jaques Rivette, France and Italy, 2009
Ahasin Wetei (Between Two Worlds), Vimukhti Jayasundara, Sri Lanka, 2009
Al Mosafer (The Traveler), Ahmed Maher, Egypt, 2009
A Single Man, Tom Ford, USA, 2009
Baarìa - La porta del vento, Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy, 2009
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Werner Herzog, USA, 2009
Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore, USA, 2009 (documentary)
Il Grande Sogno, Michele Placido, Italy and France, 2009
La Doppia Ora, Giuseppe Capotondi, Italy, 2009
Levanon (Lebanon), Samuel Maoz (aka Maoz Shmulik), Israel, France and Germany, 2008
Life During Wartime, Todd Solondz, USA, 2009
Lo Spazio Bianco, Francesca Comencini, Italy, 2009
Lourdes, Jessica Hausner, Austria, 2009
Mr. Nobody, Jaco van Dormael, France, Canada, and Belgium, 2009
Persécution (Persecution), Patrice Chéreau, France, 2009
Prince of Tears, Yonfan, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, 2009
Soul Kitchen, Fatih Akin, Germany, 2009
Survival of the Dead, George Romero, USA and Canada, 2009
Tetsuo The Bullet Man (aka Tetsuo 3), Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan, 2009
The Road, John Hillcoat, USA, 2009
White Material, Claire Denis, France, 2009
Yi Ngoi (Accident), Pou-Soi Cheang, China and Hong Kong, 2009
Zanan-E Bedun-E Mardan (Women Without Men), Shirin Neshat, Germany, 2009

The surprise film in Venice is another movie by Werner Herzog! First time (in recent fest history) that a director competes with two films!

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
, Werner Herzog, USA and Germany (produced by David Lynch!)

The second surprise film in Venice is a Brillante Mendoza film!!!

Lola, Brillante Mendoza, Philippines

President: Ang Lee
Sandrine Bonnaire
Liliana Cavani
Joe Dante
Anurag Kashyap
Luciano Ligabue
Sergei Bodrov

The official selection definitively is eclectic with many movies having excellent casting and some extraordinary directors, including the debut of Tom Ford as a director and screenwriter!! In case the name is not familiar, let me tell you that he’s better known as a designer and if you ever bought “something” Gucci then maybe you own one of his designs. Gosh, this is really odd and well, we have to see what he did in this film that surely will be gay interest. Also there are many European movies, an unusual number of American films, some Asian cinema, one film from Africa, one from the Middle East and nothing from Latin America.

To check the films in the fest site go here; as of today the film list is only available, but one week before the fest there will be info about each movie.

I will try to find info for each movie and will post at the Trailers site. As soon as I have the info and available trailers I’ll post the link.

Read movie synopsis and watch some trailers @ Movie On companion

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