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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

News from Venice

The lineup of the 35th Venice Critic's Week 2020 has been revealed. Most interesting is the closing film- a documentary by Roberto Rossellini's grandson, titled, "The Rossellini's." According to Luce Cinecittà, Alessandro Rossellini is a recovering drug addict. "At the age of 56, he decides to take on the challenge, as well as to improve his precarious finances, by making this film, forcing everyone to undergo family therapy under the scrutiny of an unforgiving lens." Hopefully, this will be available to stream during the festival.

The seven feature films in competition are eligible for the main award, the Grand Prize - Venice International Film Critics' Week. The jury members are Wendy Mitchell, Eugenio Renzi, and Jay Weissberg.

In Competition
50 o dos ballenas se encuentran en la playa / 50 or Two Whales Meet at the Beach by Jorge Cuchi (Mexico)
Hayaletler / Ghosts by Azra Deniz Okyay (Turkey, Qatar)
Non odiare / Thou Shalt Not Hate by Mauro Mancini (Italy, Poland)
Pohani dorogy / Bad Roads by Natalya Vorozhbyt (Ukraine)
Shorta by Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid (Denmark)
Topside by Celine Held and George Logan (USA)
Tvano nebus / The Flood Won’t Come by Marat Sargsyan (Lithuania)

Opening Film
The Book of Vision by Carlo S. Hintermann (Italy, UK, Belgium)

Closing Film
The Rossellinis by Alessandro Rossellini (Italy, Latvia)

The Venice International Film Critics’ Week is an independent section of the Venice Film Festival, organized by the Union of Italian Film Critics (SNCCI). The program includes a selection of seven debut films in competition and two special events out of competition. The selection is curated by the General Delegate Giona A. Nazzaro with the members of the selection committee Paola Casella, Simone Emiliani, Beatrice Fiorentino and Roberto Manassero.

The 35th Venice International Film Critics’ Week will take place from September 2nd to 12th, 2020

Meanwhile at the Venice Film Festival, it's been announced that the first film in the Restored Classics section will be "Don’t Look Now" (1973), a horror film masterpiece by British director Nicolas Roeg starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. It will be introduced by director Luca Guadagnino. The original is available in the US on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and YouTubeClick on the image to stream it on Amazon..

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