Thursday, September 09, 2010

Day 9 @ 67th Venice International Film Festival

Only two more days to go and the first award was handled today, so I'm starting by sharing the award winner in the Controcampo Italiano section.

Controcampo Italiano

Best Film: 20 Sigarette by Aureliano Amadei
Jury statement: “The density of this story follows the rhythm of a truth that, beyond all prejudices, becomes a personal tale which blends the elements from the practice of freedom with intelligence and hints of irony. Freedom from one’s own past to pursue a dream, freedom from own prejudices to meet people, freedom from own pain not to force the audience into predetermined views”.

Special Mention: Vinicio Marchioni in 20 Sigarette by Aureliano Amadei “for his performance which allows the audience to experience the emotional complexity of the story through a combination of instinct and technique”.

To check the official announcement go here.

Other Awards

Also today at the Lancia pavilion in Venice was the award ceremony of the Nasti d'Argento awards given by SNGCI (Sindicato Nazionale Giornalisti Cinematroafici Italiani) and this year the European Nastro d'Argento of the Year was given to Tilda Swinton. Also getting one Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds named Best Non-European Film of the Year.

Let's check what the official schedule has for today.

In Competition

La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi (The Solitude of Prime Numbers), Saverio Costanzo, Italy, Germany and France (gay interest)
Jusan-Nin No Shikaku (13 Assasins), Takashi Miike, Japan

Out of Competition
Notizie Degli Scavi, Emidio Greco, Italy
That Girl in Yellow Boots, Anurag Kashyap, India (maybe will watch)
Zebraman: Zebra City No Gyakushu (Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City), Takashi Miike, Japan

Controcampo Italiano (Last films before the award ceremony)
Il Primo Incarico by Giorgia Cecere
Linea Nigra by Anna Gigante (short film - out of competition)
Films after the award ceremony - all are out of competition
Flaiano: Il megio e Passato by Giancarlo Rolandi and Steve DellaCasa
Fughe e Approdi by Giovanna Taviani

Today the first section of the fest closes with the screening of the Controcampo Italiano winner film that we know is 20 Sigarette by Aureliano Amadei.

Dharma Guns by F. J. Ossang, France and Portugal
Sheoeyin Kenna (We Were Communists) by Maher Abi Samra, Lebanon, France, and UAE
Zelal by Marianne Khoury by Mustapha Hasnaoui, Egypt, France, Morroco, and UAE
Many short and medium-length films

Il Mantenuto by Ugo Tognazzi, 1961
E Arrivato Il Cavaliere! by Stefano Vancina and Mario Monicelli, 1950 (with Silvana Pampanini!)

Venice Days
Cogunluk (Majority), Seren Yüce, Turkey
La Vita al Tempo Della Morte (Life in the Time of Death) by Andrea Caccia, Italy (Italian Portraits and Landscapes section)

I've been forgetting to share with you that this section will screen the three Lux Prize nominees. The Lux Prize is awarded by the European Parliament and awards ceremony is at the end of November.

Akadimia Platonos (Plato's Academy), Filippos Tsitos, Greece and Germany, 2009
Die Fremde (When We Leave), Feo Aladag, Germany, 2010
Illegal, Olivier Masset-Depasse, Belgium, France, and Luxembourg, 2010

International Critics' Week
Martha, Marcelino Islas Hernandez, Mexico, 2010

With the above film the section finishes the screening of all films in competition; tomorrow will be the screening of the closing film that's out of competition. Believe the awards ceremony will be on the fest last day


Maybe you noticed that the fest is really fading away as awards started to be announced plus tomorrow there will be several award ceremonies. Still tomorrow there are many films that will be screened but most are out of competition.


Today media attention turns to Toronto International Film Festival as today is the opening ceremony, articles started to appear since yesterday so is no surprise that there are not many news about La Mostra, obviously except in Italian press.

According to Time magazine reporters the most notable films from Venice are: Potiche, Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame and 13 Assasins. I'm just already dying to watch Potiche and wonder if the Lion will go to Asia this year.

Today's Photo

As some of you probably guessed today's photo is Tilda Swinton at the Venus Noire premiere. Great Tilda Swinton was honored today with a Nastro d'Argento.

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