Davis Guggenheim’s From The Sky Down is the first ever documentary to open the festival and it takes an in-depth look at the music and political activities of supergroup, U2.
New films from leading Canadian filmmakers Sarah Poley & Guy Maddin are amongst the most keenly anticipated on the programme. There are 123 world premieres in total with Alexander Payne’s latest feature, The Descendants likely to attract wide media attention.
Various high profile Venice titles arrive including Steve McQueen’s sex obsession drama, Shame, George Clooney’s US election thriller, The Ides of March and David Cronenberg’s love triangle with a difference, A Dangerous Mind involving Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and an impossible client.
Other festival favourites include Berlin’s Golden Lion winner, A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) & Cannes’ silent movie hit, The Artist (Michael Hazanavicius).
Luc Besson will close the festival with his portrayal of the Burmese oppressed pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.
Selected world premieres:
Peace, Love & Misunderstanding
D. Bruce Beresford
A mainstream v counterculture clash as a mother & daughter reunite for the first time in twenty years. It is well trodden territory but Jane Fonda’s appearance as the mother will provide additional interest.
D. Luc Besson
The festival closes with one of most intriguing films in the programme. Luc Besson moves into unchartered territory with his portrayal of the oppressed Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.
D. Francis Ford Coppola
Coppola’s switch from his recent art house material to gothic mystery seems likely to be a light excursion rather than that elusive late masterpiece.
The Deep Blue Sea
D. Terence Davies
Davies adapts Terence Rattigan’s controversial 1950’s play of the same name, which depicts one of the filmmakers central themes, the cruelty of social exclusion. It is the follow-up to his innovative documentary, Of Time & The City and provides a timely reminder of the destructive nature of prejudicial judgements in all their forms.
Machine Gun Preacher
D. Marc Forster
The true story of a former drug dealer who devotes his time to saving children in war torn Sudan provides plenty of scope for Marc Foster to explore some of today’s most pressing humanitarian issues.
From The Sky Down
D. Davis Guggenheim
This year’s opening film provides an in-depth look at the music and political activities of supergroup, U2. It is Davis Guggenheim’s second excursion into the music business having filmed leading guitarists Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White in Might Get Loud.
A Better Life
D. Cédric Kahn
Guillaume Canet stars in the latest feature from the sometimes unfairly overlooked Cédric Kahn. Potential here for some interesting ideological observations as banks and other creditors hound a struggling restaurant.
D. Jonathan Levine
A brave follow-up to The Wackness that combines cancer and comedy and stars
Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Seth Rogen. A tough balance to achieve and avoiding sentimentality is a must.
D. Guy Maddin
There are high expectations for Guy Maddin’s idiosyncratic take on married life as a man embarks upon a surreal journey to join his wife upstairs. The protagonist’s name, Ulysses provides a clue as to the kind of territory that Maddin is likely to explore.
D. Fernando Meirelles
Sexual relationships break down social barriers in parallel stories across different continents in an intriguing look at globalisation and class as an extension of Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial play, La Ronde for the 21st century
D. Bennett Miller
A baseball manager compiles a team based on statistical analysis in another real life drama. With Bennett Miller (Capote) directing, Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List) & Aaron Sorkin (Social Network) writing the screenplay and Brad Pitt in the lead, it has the look of a carefully compiled award season package.
D. Oren Moverman
Scriptwriter turned filmmaker, Oren Moverman made an accomplished debut feature with The Messenger, a war film that looked beyond direct enemy confrontation. Moverman now turns his attention to police corruption and Woody Harrelson and Steve Buscemi return alongside Sigourney Weaver.
Woman in the Fifth
D. Pawel Pawlikowski
Pawlikowski adapts Douglas Kennedy’s novel of the same name for his first film in seven years. Ethan Hawke plays the US writer struggling to distinguish between paranoia and intrigue in the back streets of Paris.
D. Alexander Payne
This is another one that smacks of an award season campaign with George Clooney starring in Alexander Payne’s first film since Sideways seven years ago. It is a matter of opinion whether Payne has an independent spirit with a wide appeal or a compromised vision.
Take This Waltz
D. Sarah Poley
One of the most keenly awaited films of the festival, Sarah Poley’s follow-up to Away From Her explores the impact of a compulsive passion that falls outside of a married women’s moral code. In demand Michelle Williams plays the lead.
D. Michael Winterbottom
It will be interesting to see how Winterbottom tackles a contemporary version of
Tess Of The D’Urbervilles set in India. Rising stars, Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) & Riz Ahmed (Shifty, Four Lions) play the leads.female cialis dosage female cialis side effects female cialis cheap female cialis for sale