Venice International Film Festival (28 August-7 September 2013)

September 8th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Main competition:

 

L’intrepido (The Intrepid)
Gianni Amelio

 

Veteran Italian filmmaker, Gianni Amelio, competes in the main competition for the fifth time with his latest feature, ‘The Intrepid’, starring Antonio Albanese.  Amelio, who remains best known for his early nineties’ dramas, ‘Lamerica’ and ‘The Stolen Children’, returns with a light hearted take on today’s transient society via a father specialising in temporary jobs.  His last film, ‘The First Man’, picked up an International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI) at Toronto two years ago.

 

 

Miss Violence
Alexandros Avranas

 

Kostas Antalopoulos (‘Greenfish420′) plays a social worker in a disturbing drama where a smiling young girl commits suicide and her family is not what it first seems.  It is the follow-up to Alexandros Avranas’ debut feature, ‘Without’, which won best new director, in the Greek Competition Award at 2008’s Thessaloniki Film Festival.

 

 

Tracks
John Curran

 

In demand, Mia Wasikowska (‘The Kids Are Alright’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’), stars in John Curran’s big screen adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s international best-selling memoir, ‘Tracks’, which records the traveller’s remarkable solo trip through the seemingly endless Australian desert.  With the huge scope for exploiting photographic opportunities, Curran called on leading cinematographer, Mandy Walker (‘Lantana’, ‘Australia’) to shoot the film.

 

 

Via Castellana Bandiera
Emma Dante

 

In a potentially intriguing take on obstinate pride Italian style, two women drivers from the same family embark on a silent duel within a Sicilian cul-de-sac, each refusing to give way to the other.  Emma Dante stars in her own debut film as one of the women, alongside the experienced Elena Cotta (‘Looking for Alibrandi’), who plays the other.

 

 

Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme)
Xavier Dolan

 

Xavier Dolan has adapted Michel Marc Bouchard’s play, ‘Tom at the Farm’, for his fourth feature, a psychological thriller where a gay man has an uncomfortable encounter with his deceased lover’s family.  It is the first time that Dolan has competed for the Golden Lion, after his previous features (‘ I Killed My Mother’, ‘Heartbeats’, ‘Laurence Anyways’), debuted at Cannes.  All three went on to receive César best foreign language film nominations and wide recognition on the festival circuit.

 

 

Child of God
James Franco

 

The million things at a time man of American film, James Franco, takes on Cormac McCarthy’s third novel, ‘Child of God’, a no holds barred exploration of extreme moral degradation, including necrophilia, and a terrible self-inflicted human isolation.  Scott Haze plays the violent cave dweller, Lester Ballard, alongside a strong supporting cast that includes Jim Parrack, Tim Blake Nelson and Franco himself.  Franco has already completed his next film, a look at the early life of Charles Bukowski, and appears in fourteen others at various stages of pre-release.

 

 

Philomena
Stephen Frears

 

The church confined the unmarried Philomena of the film’s title to a convent and removed her son for adoption after she fell pregnant as a teenager.  Stephen Frears’ new film, starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench, dramatises the true story when, decades later, political journalist, Martin Sixsmith, helped Philomena find her son in America against the odds.  It is the fourth time that Frears has competed for the Golden Lion.

 

 

La Jalousie (Jealousy)
Philippe Garrel

 

Philippe Garrel returns to Venice where he has picked up Silver Lion best director awards for ‘Regular Lovers’ and ‘J’entends plus la guitare’ and the FIPRESCI prize with ‘Wild Innocence’.  His follow up to ‘A Burning Hot Summer’ (‘Un été brûlant’), which also premiered in Venice’s main competition, is an intense drama looking at the thin line between jealousy and blind love and its consequences.  The filmmaker’s son, Louis Garrel, stars alongside Anna Mouglalis (‘Romanzo criminale’, ‘Gainsbourg’) and Emanuela Ponzano.

 

 

The Zero Theorem
Terry Gilliam

 

The long-gestating ‘The Zero Theorem’ has had the kind of checkered production history that we have come to associate with Terry Gilliam, making its final completion something of a surprise.  Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz star in the surreal sci-fi fantasy where an unhinged computer genius endeavours to solve a mysterious theorem that will explain the meaning of life.  Gilliam won a Silver Lion best director award for ‘The Fisher King’ at Venice 22 years ago.

 

 

Ana Arabia
Amos Gitai

 

Amos Gitai’s latest feature, ‘Ana Arabia’, has already attracted the curiosity factor before its world premiere by joining the small group of films shot in one take.  Yuval Scharf (‘Lost Islands’) and Yussuf Abu-Warda (‘Kedma’) star in this coastal town drama where a young journalist rakes up the past.  It is the fourth time that Gitai has competed for the Golden Lion.

 

 

Under the Skin
Jonathan Glazer

 

There has been a nine year wait since Jonathan Glazer’s previous film, ‘Birth’, which also debuted in the main competition at Venice.  Glazer returns with a big screen adaptation of Michel Faber’s acclaimed first novel, ‘Under the Skin’, a sci-fi satirical take on corporate greed.  Scarlett Johansson plays an alien in human form on a mission.

 

 

Joe
David Gordon Green

 

David Gordon Green picked up a best director Silver Bear at this year’s Berlin for his previous feature, ‘Prince Avalanche’, currently enjoying its theatrical roll-out.  The busy Green now looks for more high profile festival success with his follow-up, ‘Joe’, based on Larry Brown’s novel of the same name.  An intriguing combination brings together Nicolas Cage and rising star Tye Sheridan (‘Mud’, ‘Tree Of Life’) as a tough world weary cop and a troubled boy, who form an unlikely bond.

 

 

Die Frau des Polizisten (The Police Officer’s Wife)
Philip Gröning

 

It is eight years since Philip Gröning’s last film ‘Into Great Silence’, which won best documentary at the European Film Awards and received a special jury prize from Sundance.  Gröning now returns with his dramatic feature, ‘The Police Officer’s Wife’, a portrayal of alienation within a small family starring Alexandra Finder and David Zimmerschied.

 

 

Parkland
Peter Landesman
First time director, Peter Landesman, becomes the latest to take on the JFK assassination and depicts the confused events that unfolded at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day of the shooting and their aftermath.  Offering a potentially different angle, Landesman used Vincent Bugliosi’s influential ‘Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy’ as his source material, which deconstructs and rejects the many prominent conspiracy theories.  A stellar ensemble cast includes, amongst others, Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver and Paul Giamatti.

 

 

Kaze tachinu (The Wind Rises)
Hayao Miyazaki

 

Hayao Miyazaki’s latest feature marks a change of direction for the animation master with it moving away from his trademark fantasies.  ‘The Wind Rises’ dramatises the life of historical figure, Horikoshi Jiro, who invented WW2 kamikaze mission bombers without knowing the intended use.  The anti-war message has provoked a nationalist backlash within his native Japan but it did not prevent the film from being the territory’s biggest opener of the year so far.

 

 

The Unknown Known
Errol Morris

 

Venice breaks the mould by including documentaries in the main competition for the first time in its 82 year history; the honours going to the latest features from Errol Morris and Gianfranco Rosi.  As the title suggests, Morris’ ‘The Unknown Known’, provides a potentially intriguing exploration of the controversial former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.

 

 

Night Moves
Kelly Reichardt

 

The latest film from leading US indie filmmaker, Kelly Reichardt, whose filmography already boosts the exemplary ‘Old Joy’, ‘Wendy and Lucy’ & ‘Meek’s Cutoff’, the latter of which competed for the Golden Lion three years ago, is arguably the most keenly anticipated film of the whole festival.  Reichardt’s topical drama, ‘Night Moves’, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard, enters ambiguous ethical territory where three eco-terrorists plot to blow-up a hydroelectric dam that serves the worst excesses of industrial capitalism.

 

 

‘Sacro GRA’
Gianfranco Rosi

 

Gianfranco Rosi spent three years exploring the hidden stories of people who live on Rome’s 70 km ring road, the largest urban motorway in Italy, for his latest documentary, ‘Sacro GRA’.  Although it is the first documentary, along with Errol Morris’ ‘The Known Unknown’ to compete for the Golden Lion, all of Rosi’s previous three documentaries have screened at Venice and ‘Below Sea Level’ won the Venice Horizons documentary award at the 2008 edition.

 

 

Jiaoyou (Stray Dogs)
Tsai Ming-liang

 

Tsai Ming-liang competes for the Golden Lion for the fourth time, having won it with ‘Vive L’Amour’ on his first appearance almost twenty years ago.  His latest feature, ‘Stray Dogs’, portrays a homeless family haunted by buried secrets and having to make do on the streets of Taipei.  The busy Tsai, who remains a key figure in the Taiwanese Second New Wave, has already completed his next film, ‘Jiao You’.buy yasmin pills online yasmin tablet pricebuy yasmin contraceptive pill online yasmin 28 genericbuy yasminelle online buy yasmin online ukyasmin pills price in mercury drug

Bernardo Bertolucci’s jury caused a stir last night at the Venice International Film Festival when it awarded the Golden Lion to Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary, ‘Sacro GRA’.  Considered an outsider before the awards ceremony, it picked up Venice’s top prize after being the first documentary, along with Errol Morris’ ‘The Known Unknown’, to compete in the main competition.  Rosi spent three years gathering footage for the film, exploring the hidden stories of people who live on Rome’s 70 km ring road, Italy’s largest urban motorway.

 

It may be his first year competing for the Golden Lion but Rosi is no stranger to Venice.  All three of his previous documentaries screened on the Lido and ‘Below Sea Level’ won the Venice Horizons documentary award five years ago.  His latest success reflects, in part, the documentary format’s growing popularity during the last decade.

 

The director’s prize, the Silver Lion, went to Alexandros Avranas for his controversial ‘Miss Violence’.  It is the follow-up to his well received debut feature, ‘Without’, and surrounds an apparent suicide of a young girl in bizarre circumstances.  Avranas is making a habit of winning director’s awards after claiming best new Greek filmmaker at the Thessaloniki Film Festival for ‘Without’.

 

One of the pre-ceremony frontrunners, Tsai Ming-liang’s ‘Stray Dogs’ (‘Jiaoyou’), had to settle for the Grand Jury Prize for its portrayal of a homeless family haunted by buried secrets.  It is the fourth time that the experienced Taiwanese filmmaker has competed for the Golden Lion, which he won with ‘Vive L’Amour’ on his first appearance.

 

Awards:

 

GOLDEN LION

 

“Sacro GRA” (Gianfranco Rosi, Italy)

 

SILVER LION

 

“Miss Violence” (Alexandros Avranas, Greece)

 

JURY GRAND PRIZE

 

“Stray Dogs” Tsai Ming Liang (Chinese Taipei)

 

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

 

“The Police Officer’s Wife” (Philip Gröning, Germany)

 

ACTOR

 

Themis Panou (“Miss Violence, Greece”)

 

ACTRESS

 

Elena Cotta (“A Street in Palermo,” Italy)

 

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI PRIZE FOR YOUNG PERFORMER

 

Tye Sheridan (Joe, David Gordon Green, U.S.)

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

 

Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope (Philomena, U.K.)

 

LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS LION OF THE FUTURE

 

“White Shadow” (Noaz Deshe, Italy, Germany, Tanzania)

IN COMPETITION

 

“Es-Stouh” (The Rooftops), Merzak Allouache (Algeria-France)
“L’intrepido” Gianni Amelio (Italy)
“Miss Violence,” Alexandros Avranas (Greece)
“Tracks,” John Curran (U.K.-Australia)
“Via Castellana Bandiera,” Emma Dante (Italy-Switzerland-France)
“Tom at the Farm,” Xavier Dolan (Canada-France)
“Child of God,” James Franco (U.S.)
“Philomena,” Stephen Frears (U.K.)
“La Jalousie,” Philippe Garrel (France)
“The Zero Theorem,” Terry Gilliam (U.K.-U.S.)
“Ana Arabia,” Amos Gitai (Israel-France)
“Under the Skin,” Jonathan Glazer (U.K.-U.S.)
“Joe,” David Gordon Green (U.S.)
“Die Frau des Polizisten” (The Police Officer’s Wife), Philip Groning (Germany)
“Kaze tachinu,” Hayao Miyazaki (Japan)
“The Unknown Known,” Errol Morris (U.S.)
“Night Moves,” Kelly Reichardt (U.S.)
“Sacro GRA,” Gianfranco Rosi (Italy)
“Jiaoyou” (Stray Dogs), Tsai Ming-liang (Taiwan-France)
“Parkland,” Peter Landesman (U.S.)

 

 

OUT OF COMPETITION
“Space Pirate Captain Harlock,” Aramaki Shinji (Japan)
“Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron (U.S.) (Opener)
“Moebius,” Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
“Locke,” Steven Knight (U.K.)
“Yurusarezaru mono” (Unforgiven), Lee Sang-Il (Japan)
”Wolf Creek 2,” Greg McLean (Australia)
“Die Andere Heimat — Chronik einer Sehnsucht” (Home from Home — Chronicle of a Vision), Edgar Reitz (Germany)
“The Canyons,” Paul Schrader (U.S.)
“Che strano chiamarsi Federico Scola racconta Fellini,” Ettore Scola (Italy)
“Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei” (Walesa. Man of Hope), Andrzej Wajda, Ewa Brodzka (Poland)

 

 

OUT OF COMPETITION — DOCUMENTARIES
“Summer 82 When Zappa Came to Sicily,” Salvo Cuccia (Italy-U.S.)
“Pine Ridge,” Anna Eborn (Denmark)
“The Armstrong Lie,” Alex Gibney (U.S.)
“Ukraina ne Bordel” (Ukraine Is Not Brothel), Kitty Green (Australia)
”Amazonia,” Thierry Ragobert (France-Brazil) (Closer)
“Feng Ai” (‘Til Madness Do Us Apart), Wang Bing (Hong Kong-China-France-Japan)
“At Berkeley,” Frederick Wiseman (U.S.)

 

 

HORIZONS
“Je m’appelle Hmmm…,” Agnes B. (France)
“Bauyr” (Little Brother), Serik Aprymov (Kazakhstan)
“Il terzo tempo,” Enrico Maria Artale (Italy)
“Eastern Boys,” Robin Campillo (France)
“Palo Alto,” Gia Coppola (U.S.)
“Ruin,” Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody (Australia)
“Mahi Va Gorbeh” (Fish and Cat), Shahram Mokri (Iran)
“Vi ar bast!” (We Are the Best!) Lukas Moodysson (Sweden-Denmark)
“Wolfskinder” (Wolfschildren), Rick Ostermann (Germany)
“La vida despues,” David Pablos (Mexico)
“Algunas Chicas,” Santiago Palavecino (Argentina)
“Medeas,” Andrea Pallaoro (U.S.-Italy)
“Still Life,” Uberto Pasolini (U.K.)
“Piccola Patria,” Alessandro Rossetto (Italy)
“La prima neve,” Andrea Segre (Italy)
“Jigoku de naze warui,” (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?) Sono Sion (Japan)
“The Sacrament,” Ti West (U.S.)

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