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Saturday, September 04, 2010

Day 4 @ 67th Venice International Film Festival


Today a film that thanks to trailer now I'm really looking forward to watch Ozon's Potiche with a Catherine Deneuve in a role and performance that has to be just delicious1

In Competition

Ovsyanki Овсянки (Silent Souls), Aleksei Fedorchenko, Russia
Potiche, Francois Ozon, France ("dying" to watch what seems a fantastic Deneuve role and performance)
La Passione, Carlo Mazzacurati, Italy

Out of Competition
Tungngaan 3D (The Child's Eye 3D), Oxide Pang and Danny Pang, China and Hong Kong (I'm starting to get really curious about watching an Asian 3D production)
A Letter to Elia by Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones, USA (documentary - out of competition - yes it's Elia Kazan)

Controcampo Italiano
A Woman by Giada Colagrande, Italy (After Antichrist I'm becoming interested in William Dafoe 'tormented' performaces, seems here we have another)
Tarda Estate by Marco De Angelis and Antonio Di Trapani, Italy (out of competition) (hmm... not listed in the program but seems puzzling)
Bassa Marea by Roberto de Paolis (short film)

Orizzonti
Jean Gentil by Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzman, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Germany
Fading by Olivier Zabat, France
Robinson in Ruins by Patrick Keiller, UK (documentary -narrated by Vanessa Redgrave)
Many short films

Retrospective
Gli Allegri Masnadieri by Marco Elter, Italy, 1937
Tempo Massimo by Mario Mattoli, Italy, 1934 (not sure if I saw it, with Anna Magnani, Vittorio De Sica)

Venice Days
Noir Océan (Ocean Black), Marion Hänsel, Belgium, France and Germany

International Critic's Week
Hitparzut X (Naomi), Eitan Zur, Israel and France

Comments

There is something I'm really missing in the coverage of this fest by fest organizers, fast upload of press conferences, photo calls and press material in general, like happened in Cannes. Only in Arte.tv been able to find videos with excerpts of press conferences.

Most press coverage in Italian is about Italian movies, in English about English speaking movies and in French... not much about Potiche! Lol! Press conference already happened but no videos yet, premiere will be in a few hours.

Not Serious News

Yesterday there was a huge storm that according to a Venetian security guard was "biblical". Here are two reactions.

-In the grounds of the exclusive Excelsior Hotel, artist-director Julian Schnabel was doing a 'round-table' interview for a group of international journalists in the corner of a marquee that had been erected especially for the Film Festival. As the storm grew in intensity, rain began lashing the marquee and lightning flashes became evident, it was clear that the assembled group could be in danger from the metal framework of the marquee. They needed to move. Undaunted, Schnabel walked to the centre of the marquee, where a bar happened to be located, leaned against it and carried on fielding questions.

Not ending in a bar and not so dramatic: Director Sofia Coppola, with a group of actors and producers from her new film Somewhere, was due to give a major press conference inside the Casino. An outside photo-shoot of her party which was to precede it had to be moved inside.

Today's Photo

I'm impress, Elle Fanning looks like a taller version of her sister and is only twelve. Elle walking the red carpet at Sofia Coppola's Somewhere premiere.

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