Monday, July 25, 2016

Strong Italian Presence as 73rd Venice Film Festival Comes Together

August 11, 2016 Screening Schedule Announced

August 7, 2016 Just announced-

- A new title in the lineup, presented in collaboration with the Giornate degli Autori - Venice Days.. the documentary film by Enrico Caria- The Man Who Didn't Change History, freely inspired by the diaries of archaeologist and art historian Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli, "Il viaggio del Fuehrer in Italia", and made with the images from the archives of Istituto Luce - Cinecittà.

- Italian horror film director Dario Argento will present a midnight screening of George A. Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" on September 2

July 28, 2016 Just announced-

There will be three Italian films in competition for the Golden Lion:
"Questi giorni" by Giuseppe Piccioni.
"Piuma" by Roan Johnson
"Spira Mirabilis" (documentary) by Massimo D'Anolfi and Martina Parenti

Francesco Munzi’s "Assalto al Cielo" - made entirely of of archival footage-  and Kim Rossi Stuart’s "Tommaso" will be shown out of competition

Five Italian films in the Orrizonti section:
"Stanza 52" by Maurizio Braucci
"Liberami" by Federica Di Giacomo’s
"Molly Bloom" by Chiara Caselli’s
"Colombi" by Luca Ferri
"Good News" by Giovanni Fumu

Three Italian films in Cinema Nel Giardino
"Franca: Chaos and Creation" by Francesco Carrozzini
"L'estate addosso" by Gabriele Muccino
"Robinù" by Michele Santoro

One Italian film in Biennale College
"Ears" by Alessandro Arondio

One Italian film in Special Program
"Spes contra Spem: Liberi Dentro" by Ambrogio Crespi

One Italian Film in International Critics’ Week
 "Le ultime cose" by Irene Dionisio

The 73rd Venice International Film Festival will be held at the Lido from August 31 to September 10, 2016. It is directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta. Details are being announced little by little this year. But it's already shaping up to have a strong Italian influence, uniting the filmmakers of yesterday and today.

If you follow Italian Cinema Today on Twitter, you saw that I posted the opening film on June 20- "La La Land" by Damien Chazelle.. and on July 6 that the complete program will be announced this Thursday, July 28.  If you look behind those couple posts, there is so much more that has been revealed. Here, I am only posting that which has been confirmed. I'll leave rumors and speculation to the others. I am also posting just about Italian filmmakers, with links to the complete international lists on the festival's website.

Last night, I posted the newly announced juries. I was thrilled to see Chiara Mastroianni and Valentina Lodovini among the members. Listed below are the Italian filmmakers named as jury members and their descriptions from

Valentina Lodovini
These two filmmakers were named members of the Jury for the Venezia 73 Competition, in addition to the president, director Sam Mendes:

-The Italian magistrate, writer, playwright and screenwriter Giancarlo De Cataldo, author of the best-selling novel Romanzo criminale (2002) which inspired the film by Michele Placido (2005) and the television series by Stefano Sollima (2008). He is a two-time winner of the David di Donatello for the screenplays of Romanzo criminale, and of Noi credevamo (2010) by Mario Martone (which also won a Nastro d'argento for the screenplay).

-Actress Chiara Mastroianni, a famous star of European auteur films, who acted alongside her mother Catherine Deneuve at a very young age in Ma maison préférée by André Téchiné (1993, nominated at the César awards for Most Promising Actress). In 2010 she won the Excellence Award at the Locarno Film Festival. In 2014 she participated in the Venice International Film Festival with two films in Competition, Trois Coeurs by Benoît Jacquot and La Rançon de la gloire by Xavier Beauvois.

Italian actress Valentina Lodovini will serve as a member in the Orrizonti Section. One of the most important actresses in Italian cinema in recent years, starting with her role as the star of La giusta distanza (2007) by Carlo Mazzacurati, she was awarded the David di Donatello in 2010 for Benvenuti al Sud by Luca Miniero. In 2011 she starred in Cose dell’altro mondo by Francesco Patierno, presented at the Venice Film Festival.

Italian actor/director Kim Rossi Stuart was named president of the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film – Lion of the Future. 
Click here for the complete list of international jury members.

Alberto Sordi and Serge Reggiani in "Tutti a casa"
In a pre-opening event on Tuesday, August 30, the festival will mark the centennial of director Luigi Comencini's birth by screening his masterpiece, "Tutti a casa" (Everybody Go Home). Digitally restored by Filmauro and CSC - Cineteca Nazionale di Roma, the film stars Alberto Sordi, Serge Reggiani, Carla Gravina and Eduardo De Filippo. Winner of two David di Donatello awards and one Nastro d'argento, "Tutti a casa" was produced by Dino De Laurentiis, with the screenplay by writing duo, Agenore Incrocci and Furio Scarpelli, also known as Age & Scarpelli. The event will take place at the Sala Darsena (Palazzo del Cinema) on the Lido.
This brings me to a section that I am really enthused about- "Venezia Classici"- a section of newly-restored classic films. Since 2012, this section has been presenting the world premieres of the restorations of classic films conducted over the previous year by film libraries, cultural institutions and productions all over the world. Curated by Alberto Barbera in collaboration with Stefano Francia di Celle, "Venezia Classici" also features documentaries about cinema and its makers. Contemporary filmmaker Roberto Andò will chair the Jury, which will be composed of cinema students. What a great foundation of cinema for these students to take with them. The students along with Andò will award the "Venezia Classici Award" for the "Best Restored Film" and the "Best Documentary on Cinema".

Vittorio Gassman in Dino Risi's "Profumo di donna"
The documentaries of the section will be announced during the press conference presenting the program of the Venice Film Festival, on Thursday, July 28. The Italian films selected for the "Venezia Classici" section of the 73rd Festival include:
by Dino Risi (Italy, 1948, 11’, B/W)
restored by: Archivio Nazionale Cinema Impresa-CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano
La battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers)
by Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy, Algeria, 1966, 121’, B/W)
restored by: Cineteca di Bologna and Istituto Luce – Cinecittà in collaboration with Surf Film Srl and Casbah Entertainment
Break up - L’uomo dei cinque palloni (The Man with the Balloons)
by Marco Ferreri (Italy, France, 1965, 85’,B/N)
restored by: Cineteca di Bologna and Museo Nazionale del Cinema  in collaboration with Warner Bros
Dawn of the Dead – European Cut
by George A. Romero (USA, Italy, 1978, 116’, Color)
restored by: Koch Media in collaboration with Norton Trust and Antonello Cuomo
Processo alla città (The City Stands Trial)
by Luigi Zampa (Italy, 1952, 99’, B/W)
restored by: CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and Gaumont in collaboration with Astrea. Sentimenti di giustizia
Profumo di donna (Scent of a Woman)
by Dino Risi (Italy, 1974, 105’, Color)
restored by: CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and Istituto Luce-Cinecittà in collaboration with Dean Film
Tutti a casa (Everybody Go Home!)
by Luigi Comencini (Italy, France, 1960, 115’, B/W)
restored by: Filmauro and CSC-Cineteca Nazionale
-Click here for the full list of international films in this section
A scene from Sorrentino's "The Young Pope"
On May 17, 2015, at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Paolo Sorrentino announced this HBO series, "The Young Pope". After nearly a year of production, the series will make its premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival with a screening of the first two episodes. 
Festival director Alberto Barbera says, “It is a great pleasure, as well as a privilege, to present at the Venice Film Festival the world premiere of the first two episodes of Paolo Sorrentino’s much-awaited television series. He is a filmmaker who dares to take risks, who – fearlessly and with his customary creative and innovative spirit – tackles the language of television series, the new expressive frontier which many filmmakers, primarily foreign, have already tried their hand at. The result will not fail to kindle sincere emotion and, above all, invigorating and boundless surprise.” The episodes will be shown in an Out-of-Competition special event on September 3rd in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido di Venezia. Click here for more information.

"Indivisibili "by Edoardo De Angelis
In the newly released Venice Days section, two Italian films will be featured in competition this year: 

"La ragazza del mondo" by Marco Danieli (which is also a debut piece), starring Sara Serraiocco and Michele Riondino, in which the protagonist is forced to choose between love and her place in the world of Jehovah’s witnesses.

"Indivisibili "by Edoardo De Angelis which centres around two conjoined twins and singers who are inseparable dreamers. The selection also includes road movie 

This year’s special events include the first official co-production between Italy and China (with the participation of Belgium)
"Coffee" by Cristiano Bortone, the first official co-production between Italy and China (with the participation of Belgium too)
"Vangelo" by Pippo Delbono, which was shot at a reception centre for refugees 
"Rocco" by Thierry Demaiziere and Alban Teurlai, on pornstar Rocco Siffredi
"You Never Had It – An Evening With Bukowski" by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Matteo Borgardt, which was born out of an old video interview with the famous American writer, which came to light thirty years later.

Filmmakers Thierry Demaiziere and Alban Teurlai
The short films made as part of the Italian designer Miu Miu Women's Tales project, which is dedicated to female creativity, are:
"Seed" by Japanese director Naomi Kawase 
"That One Day" by American filmmaker Crystal Moselle 

Click here to see last year's Miu Miu project by Alice Rohrwacher

The Sala Web Lineup Announced

-The Sala Web program is my favorite part of the Venice Film Fest because it lets those of us unable to attend to see a number of the films in various festival programs. Tickets are available through Festival Scope beginning September 1.

"Il più grande sogno"
Here is this year's complete lineup:
Orizzonti Section
THE EREMITES (DIE EINSIEDLER), di Ronny Trocker – dal 2 settembre
Germania, Austria, 110'

HOME, di Fien Troch – dal 3 settembre
Belgio, 103'

KING OF THE BELGIANS, di Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth – dal 3 settembre
Belgio, Paesi Bassi, Bulgaria, 94'

IL PIÙ GRANDE SOGNO, di Michele Vannucci – dal 4 settembre
Italia, 97'

MAUDITE POUTINE, di Karl Lemieux – dal 5 settembre
Canada, 91'

DARK NIGHT, di Tim Sutton – dal 6 settembre
USA, 85'

KÉKSZAKÁLLÚ, di Gastón Solnicki – dal 7 settembre
Argentina, 72'

LIBERAMI, di Federica Di Giacomo – dal 7 settembre
Italia, Francia, 89'

BIG BIG WORLD (KOCA DÜNYA), di Reha Erdem – dal 8 settembre
Turchia, 100'

MALARIA, di Parviz Shahbazi – dal 9 settembre
Iran, 90'

BITTER MONEY (KU QIAN), di Wang Bing – dal 9 settembre
Hong Kong, Francia, 150'

Biennale College

ORECCHIE, di Alessandro Aronadio – dal 1 settembre
Italia, 90’

HOTEL SALVATION (MUKTI BHAWAN), di Shubhashish Bhutiani – dal 2 settembre
India, 103’

THE SOLITUDE (LA SOLEDAD), di Jorge Thielen Armand – dal 3 settembre
Venezuela, 89’

ONE SISTER (UNA HERMANA), di Sofia Brockenshire, Verena Kuri – dal 4 settembre
Argentina, 68’ 

Cinema nel Giardino
FRANCA: CHAOS AND CREATION, di Francesco Carrozzini – dal 2 settembre
Italia, USA, 80’ 

Programma Speciale
THE ORCHID SELLER (EL VENDEDOR DE ORQUIDEAS), di Lorenzo Vigas – dal 8 settembre
Venezuela, Messico, 75’ 

Fuori Concorso
OUR WAR, di Bruno Chiaravalloti, Claudio Jampaglia, Benedetta Argentieri – dal 9 settembre
Italia, USA, 69’ 
Check back here or follow Italian Cinema Today on Twitter for more announcements and news that I will post as details become available.

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