VENEZIA 70./Long live the Lady

The Venice International Film Festival (August 28th – September 7th) will be celebrating its 70th edition with the movie “Venezia 70. Future Reloaded”.
This is a collective work consisting of very short 60/90 second films from filmmakers who have accepted the invitation of director Alberto Barbera to say how they see the future of cinema.
The films will also be streamed online on the Biennale di Venezia website, together with forty fragments of newsreels selected and restored by the Historical Archives of Istituto Luce.
The screening of the movie will be one of this edition’s main events along with the ceremony on the evening of August 29th during which William Friedkin will be presented with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
The face and special guest of this Festival will be Eva Riccobono. A brand new actress, one of the most highly acclaimed international top models, she will be presenting the traditional opening and closing ceremonies.

The former will be followed by the out of competition screening of “Gravity” by Alfonso Cuarón starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and the latter by Thierry Ragobert’s documentary “Amazonia”.
Both these productions perfectly represent different aspects of the Festival: spectacular and star-studded, arthouse and niche.

In between these two productions, another 52 movies will be screened – In Competition, Out of Competition and in the Orizzonti section – as well as in the Venezia Classici section which will feature the best restored films realized in the last year by film libraries, cultural institutions and production companies from all over the world.
There will be a total of 29 films from the 1930s to the turn of the Millennium, plus a selection of around ten documentaries about cinema and filmmakers made in 2013.

As a corollary to the Festival, there will be the traditional and parallel Giornate degli Autori – Venice Days, now in their tenth edition.
This event has signed an agreement with the Tribeca Film Festival, and the Film Critics’ Week, and will include some exciting events that will contend for the attention of the public and press at the main festival.

The competition section of Venezia.70 includes both debuting filmmakers and maestros, such as James Franco (“Child of God”), Kim Ki-duk (“Moebius”), Stephen Frears (“Philomena”), Philippe Garrel (“La jalou- sie”), Terry Gilliam (“The Zero Theorem”), Amos Gital (“Ana Arabia”), Jonathan Glazer (“Under the Skin”), Hayao Myazaki (“Kaze tachinu”), Tsai Ming-liang (“Stray Dogs”), plus Reitz (“Die Andere Heimat – Chronik einer Sehnsucht”), Schrader (“The Canyons”) and Wajda (“Walesa. Man of Hope”).

Italy will be represented by an important group of filmmakers: Gianni Amelio is in competition for the first time with a comedy, “L’intrepido”, starring Antonio Albanese; a big name debutante (from her stage and opera directing activities) Emma Dante, with “Via Castellana Bandiera”; and Gianfranco Rosi with the documentary “Sacro GRA”.
Out of compe- tition there will be a tribute to Fellini “Che strano chiamarsi Federico” by Ettore Scola and the documentaries “Con il fiato sospeso” by Costanza Quattriglio, “Summer 82. When Zappa Came to Sicily” by Salvo Cuccia and “La voce di Berlinguer” by Sesti and Teardo.
The Orizzonti section will feature “La prima neve” by Andrea Segre, “Piccola Patria” by Alessandro Rossetto, “Quello che resta” by Valeria Allievi, “Il terzo tempo” by Enrico Maria Artale and “The Audition” by Michael Haussman, alongside the co-productions “Un pensiero kalashnikov” by Giorgio Bosisio and “Medeas” by Andrea Pallaoro, whilst “Still Life” by Umberto Pasolini will only be flying the British flag.

It is difficult to find a dominant thread or theme for this Festival except – according to Alberto Barbera – «for an indication of “why” festivals are still necessary, and how they can be adapted to the changeable scenarios in which they operate. In compiling the “play- list” of titles, we tried to take into account the growing fragmentation and schizophre- nia that seems to characterize the universe of moving images».

This also explains the importance given to the “Web Theater, a “virtual” space where an audience of maximum 500 people who have purchased tickets from the Biennale website, will be able to view the movies in the Orizzonti section.

Nella sezione: Focus on italy