Film Festivals

Update: Venice Film Festival

afp-2785a05958fef5d27956d884c3fa5b70c59c137aSince obviously, I am at Warner Brothers filming the 4th and final season of the CW’s Dramedy Hart of Dixie, I have attached an abridged report of the Venice Film Festival from Deadline Hollywood’s….  Thanks diva…I owe you one…

Underway since August 27th,  is the 71st edition of the world’s oldest international film festival…The Venice Film Festival.  By the last day on September 6th, twenty films will have screened in the main competition. 19 are world premieres with one international premiere and an abundance of titles from Italy, France, the U.S. and the UK.

Among the U.S. titles in competition are Manglehorn with Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine and Chris Messina, Good Kill with Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, January Jones and Zoe Kravitz (both of these will move on to the Toronto Fest next).  Birdman is in competition boasting a cast that includes Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. Closing-night movie out the week is The Golden Era.

Other expected players turning up in competition are  The Cut starring Tahar Rahim (Carlos); Xavier Beauvois’ La Rançon De La GloireAbel Ferrara’s Pasolini with Willem Dafoe; Benoït Jacquot’s 3 Hearts and David Olehoffen’s Loin Des Hommes with Viggo Mortensen, The Act Of Killing director Joshua Oppenheimer returns this year with his documentary The Look Of Silence,  Ramin Bahrani, Roy Andersson and Andrei Konchalovsky are also in the mix.

Full lists of the major sections are below:

Birdman, dir: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (opening film)
The Cut, dir: Fatih AKIN
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, dir: Roy Andersson
99 Homes, dir: Ramin Bahrani
Tales, dir: Rakhshān Bani E’Temad
La Rançon De La Gloire, dir: Xavier Beauvois
Hungry Hearts, dir: Saverio Costanzo
Le Dernier Coup De Marteau, dir: Alix Delaporte
Pasolini, dir: Abel Ferrara
Manglehorn, David Gordon Green
3 Hearts, dir: Benôit Jacquot
The Postman’s White Nights, dir: Andrei Konchalovsky
Il Giovane Favoloso, dir: Mario Martone
Sivas, dir: Kaan Mujdeci
Anime Nere, dir: Francesco Munzi
Good Kill, dir: Andrew Niccol
Loin Des Hommes, dir: David Oelhoffen
The Look Of Silence, dir: Joshua Oppenheimer
Fires On The Plain, dir: Shinya Tsukamoto
Red Amnesia, Xiaoshuai Wang

Words With Gods, dirs: Guillermo Arriaga, Emir Kusturica, Amos Gitai, Mira Nair, Warwick Thornton, Hector Babenco, Bahman Ghobai, Hideo Nakata, Alex de la Iglesia
She’s Funny That Way, dir: Peter Bogdanovich
Dearest, dir: Peter Ho-sun Chan
Olive Kitteridge, dir: Lisa Cholodenkp
Burying The Ex, dir: Joe Dante
Perez., dir: Edoardo De Angelis
La Zuppa Del Demonio, dir: Davide Ferrario
The Sound And The Fury, dir: James Franco
Tsili, dir: Amos Gitai
La Trattativa, dir: Sabina Guzzanti
The Golden Era, dir: Ann Hui (closing film)
Make-Up, dir: Im Kwontaek
The Humbling, dir: Barry Levinson
The Old Man Of Belem, dir: Manoel de Oliveira
Italy In A Day, dir: Gabriele Salvatores
In The Basement, dir: Ulrich Seidl
The Boxtrolls, dirs: Anthony Stacchi, Annable Graham
Nymphomaniac Volume II (long version) Director’s Cut, dir: Lars Von Trier

Theeb, dir: Naji Abu Nowar
Line Of Credit, dir: Salome Alexi
Senza Nessuna Pieta, dir: Michele Alhaique
Cymbeline, dir: Michael Almereyda
Near Death Experience, dirs: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
La Vita Oscena, dir: Renato De Maria
Réalité, dir: Quentin Dupieux
I Spy/ I Spy, dirs: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala
Hill Of Freedom, dir: Hong Sangsoo
Bypass, dir: Duane Hopkins
The President, dir: Mohsen Makhmalbaf (opening film)
Your Right Mind, dir: Ami Canaan Mann
Belluscone, Una Storia Siciliana, dir: Franco Maresco
Nabat, Elchin Musaoglu
Heaven Knows What, dirs: Josh Safdie, Ben Safdie
These Are The Rules, dir: Ognjen Sviliviv
Court, dir: Chaitanya Tamhane


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