The 69th Edition of the Venice Film Festival has announced its 2012 program
There are many reasons to visit Venice besides its stunning backdrop of canals, winding alleyways and elaborate Venetian Gothic palaces. One famous and elegant reason is to attend the yearly international Venice Film Festival on the island of Lido, just a few minutes’ waterbus ride from historic St Mark’s Square.
The Lido is lined with palm trees, 11km of beach, cars (unlike its neighboring island), and from August 29-September 8, 2012, there are red carpet stars filling its hotels, auditorium and hot spots. Famous actors like Brad Pitt and George Clooney, for example, are regulars at this week of movie premieres.
Eighteen Filmmakers to compete
The Festival’s stated aim is to raise awareness and promote all the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. This year 18 filmmakers will be competing for the coveted Golden Lion award during the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival. In keeping with recent tradition, a secret film, the 18th entry, will be announced at a later date.
Check out the movie line-up below:
In the Competition:
- “Après Mai (Something in the Air)” by Olivier Assayas, France.
- “At any Price” by Ramin Bahrani; United States and Britain.
- “Bella Addormentata” (Sleeping Beauty) by Marco Bellocchio, Italy and France.
- “La cinquième saison” (The Fifth Season) by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth; Belgium, France and Netherlands.
- “Lemale Et Ha’Chalal (Fill The Void)” by Rama Burshtein, Israel.
- “È stato il figlio” (It was the Son) by Daniele Cipri; Italy and France.
- “Un giorno speciale” (A Special Day) by Francesca Comencini, Italy.
- “Passion” by Brian De Palma; France and Germany.
- “Superstar” by Xavier Giannoli; France and Belgium.
- “Pieta” by Kim Ki-duk, South Korea.
- “Outrage Beyond” by Takeshi Kitano, Japan.
- “Spring Breakers” by Harmony Korine, United States.
- “To the Wonder” by Terrence Malick, United States.
- “Sinapupunan (Thy Womb)” by Brillante Mendoza, Philippines.
- “Linhas de Wellington” by Valeria Sarmiento; Portugal and France.
- “Paradies: Glaube (Paradise: Faith)” by Ulrich Seidl; Austria, France and Germany.
- “Izmena” by Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia.
Out of Competition
- “L’homme qui rit” – Jean-Pierre Ameris (France-Czech Republic)
- “Love Is All You Need” – Susanne Bier (Denmark-Sweden)
- “Cherchez Hortense” – Pascal Bonitzer (France)
- “Sur un fil” – Simon Brook (France-Italy)
- “Enzo Avitabile Music Life” – Jonathan Demme (Italy-US)
- “Tai Chi 0″ – Stephen Fung (China)
- “Lullaby To My Father” – Amos Gitai (Israel-France-Switzerland)
- “Penance (Shokuzai)” – Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan)
- “Bad 25″ – Spike Lee (US)
- “O Gebo e a Sombra” – Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal-France)
- “The Company You Keep” – Robert Redford (US)
- “Shark (Bait 3D)” – Kimble Rendall (Australia-Singapore-China)
- “Disconnect” – Henry-Alex Rubin (US)
- “The Iceman” – Ariel Vromen (US)
The film opening the Festival (it’s not in the Competition) is “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Mira Nair (U.S.,Qatar).
There’s another section called Orizzonti (“Horizons”) which highlights the new trends in world cinema. This year the following films have been selected:
- “Wadjda” – Haifaa Al Mansour (Saudi Arabia-Germany)
- “The Paternal House” – Kianoosh Ayari (Iran)
- “I Also Want It” – Alexey Balabanov (Russia)
- “Gli Equilibristi” – Ivano De Matteo (Italy-France)
- “L’intervallo” – Leonardo Di Costanzo (Italy-Switzerland-Germany)
- “Winter of Discontent” – Ibrahim El Batout (Egypt)
- “Tango Libre” – Frederic Fonteyne (Belgium-France-Luxembourg)
- “The Cutoff Man” – Idan Hubel (Israel)
- “Fly With The Crane” – Li Ruijun (China)
- “A Hijacking” – Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)
- “Leones” – Jazmin Lopez (Argentina-France-Netherlands)
- “Bellas Mariposas” – Salvatore Mereu (Italy)
- “Low Tide” – Roberto Minervini (US-Italy-Belgium)
- “Boxing Day” – Bernard Rose (UK-US)
- “Yema” – Djamila Sahraoui (Algeria-France)
- “Araf – Somewhere In Between” – Yesim Ustaoglu (Turkey-France-Germany)
- “The Millennial Rapture” – Koji Wakamatsu (Japan)
- “Three Sisters” – Wang Bing (France-Hong Kong-China)