THE 2009 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINE UP

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THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL has unveiled a refreshingly rich mix of established auteurs and lesser known helmers in its line up of 71 world premieres marked by prominent U.S. and European contingents (with a considerable amount of Asian entries).

There are even a robust number of participants from rarely represented countries such as Egypt and India.

In a year in which American titles were thin in CANNES, there are six entries flying the stars and stripes in VENICE competition berths and 17 spread around the official selection.

U.S. pics vying for a GOLDEN LION are: MICHAEL MOORE’S global meltdown doc CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY, Werner Herzog’s BAD LIEUTENANT makeover BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS with NICOLAS CAGE and EVA MENDES, Todd Solondz’s long in gestation LIFE DURING WARTIME, which is a sequel of sorts to HAPPINESS…and former GUCCI creative director TOM FORD’S helming debut A SINGLE MAN with COLIN FIRTH.

STEVEN SODERBERGH’S THE INFORMANT – starring MATT DAMON as a price fixer – will debut out of competition, along with Grant Heslov’s military mind control satire THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS, starring GEORGE CLOONEY, JEFF BRIDGES, KEVIN SPACEY and EWAN McGREGOR.

“Everybody thought that the writers’ strike and the economic crisis had created a stall in American cinema. Instead this year, like never before, we found such ample offerings coming from the U.S. – both from established directors like Steven Soderbergh and first timers like Tom Ford,” MARCO MUELLER commented at a packed press conference at ROME’S EXCELSIOR HOTEL on the Via Veneto.

But Mr. Mueller, now in his sixth year as director of the fest, also underlined that, during his tenure, VENICE has never seen so many countries represented — there are 25 this year — and also such a high number of first and second works.

First works at the fest include Egyptian helmer Ahmed Maher’s competition entry EL MOSAFER (THE TRAVELER), which marks OMAR SHARIF’S return to filmmaking in Egypt since the early 1990s. It is one of three Egyptian entries. Another from Egypt is Yousry Nasrallah’s new cut of his SCHEHEREZADE TELL ME A STORY, which stirred local controversy earlier this year for its realistic depiction of women, including their sexuality.

The wide ranging Euro roster includes the customary copious contingents from France and Italy.

Hot sci fi pic MR. NOBODY marks the English language debut of Belgian helmer Jaco van Dormael and stars DIANE KRUGER, SARAH POLLEY and JARED LETO.

As previously announced, the fest will kick off with BAARIA, Giuseppe Tornatore’s big budget Sicilian epic, VENICE’S first ITALIAN opener in two decades. It plays in competition.

Other ITALIAN pics looking to be LIONIZED are: Michele Placido’s 1968 themed IL GRANDE SOGNO (THE BIG DREAM), the Naples set drama LO SPAZIO BIANCO (THE WHITE SPACE) by Francesca Comencini and first timer Giuseppe Capotondi’s psychological thriller LA DOPPIA ORA.

FRENCH fare playing the fest includes: experimental auteur Jacques Rivette’s GALLIC/ITALIAN coproduction 36 VUES DU PIC SAINT LOUP, Claire Denis’ Cameroon set WHITE MATERIAL, starring ISABELLE HUPPERT and CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT and Patrice Chereau’s love triangle drama PERSECUTION with CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG.

Highlights of the more cutting edge HORIZONS section, which is becoming more high profile this year and being equipped with its own red carpet, include REPO CHICK, BRITISH bad boy Alex Cox’s REPO MAN sequel of sorts, set 25 years later during the credit crunch – with JACLYN JONES in the lead along with KAREN BLACK and ROSANNA ARQUETTE and ITALIAN director Luca Guadagnino’s IO SONO L’AMORE (I AM LOVE) with TILDA SWINTON as a high society dame who falls for a cook.

Here is the 66TH ANNUAL VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINE UP…

IN COMPETITION

BAARIA – GUISEPPE TORNATORE (OPENING FILM)

36 VUES DU PIC SAINT LOUP – JACQUES RIVETTE

ACCIDENT – CHEANG POU SOI

BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS – WERNER HERZOG

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS – VIMUKTHI JAYASUNDRA

CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY – MICHAEL MOORE

LA DOPPIA ORA – GUISEPPE CAPOTONDI

IL GRANDE SOGNO – MICHELE PLACIDO

LEBANON – SAMUEL MAOZ

LIFE DURING WARTIME – TODD SOLONDZ

LO SPAZIO BIANCO – FRANCESCA COMENCINI

LOURDES – JESSICA HAUSNER

MR. NOBODY – JACO VAN DORMAEL

PERSECUTION – PATRICE CHEREAU

PRINCE OF TEARS – YONFAN

THE ROAD – JOHN HILLCOAT

A SINGLE MAN – TOM FORD

SOUL KITCHEN – FATIH AKIN

SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD – GEORGE ROMERO

TETSUO THE BULLET MAN – SHINYA TSUKAMOTO

THE TRAVELER – AHMED MAHER

WHITE MATERIAL – CLAIRE DENIS

WOMEN WITHOUT MEN – SHIRIN NESHAT

OUT OF COMPETITION

ANNI LUCE – FRANCESCO MASELLI

THE HOLE – JOE DANTE

THE INFORMANT – STEVEN SODERBERGH

THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS – GRANT HESLOV

NAPOLI NAPOLI NAPOLI – ABEL FERRARA

L’ORO DI CUBA – GUILIANO MONTALDO

PROVE PER UNA TRAGEDIA SICILIANA –JOHN TURTURRO/ROMAN PASKA

REC 2 – JAUME BALAGUERO/PACO PLAZA

SCHEHERAZADE TELL ME A STORY -YOUSRY NASRALLAH

SOUTH OF THE BORDER – OLIVER STONE

YONA YONA PENGUIN – RINTARO

CHENGDU, I LOVE YOU – FRUIT CHAN/CUI JIAN (CLOSING FILM)

MIDNIGHT MOVIES

GULULAAL – ANURAG KASHYAP

DEV D – ANURAG KASHYAP

BROOKLYN’S FINEST – ANTOINE FUQUA

DELHI 6 – RAKEYSH O. MEHRA

VALHALLA RISING – NICOLAS WINDING REFN

GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

JOHN LASSETER & THE DISNEY/PIXAR DIRECTORS

TOY STORY 3D (NEW VERSION) – JOHN LASSETER

TOY STORY 2D (NEW VERSION) – JOHN LASSETER/LEE UNKRICH/ASH BRANNON

HORIZONS

FRANCESCA – BOBBY PAUNESCU (OPENING FILM)

ONE ZERO – KAMLA ABOU ZEKRI

BURIED SECRETS – RAJA AMARI

TENDER PARASITES – CHRISTIAN BECKER/OLIVER SCHWABE

ADRIFT – BUI THAC CHUYEN

CRUSH – PETR BUSLOV/ALEKSEI GERMAN JR./BORISD KHLEBNIKOV/KIRILL SEREBRENNIKOV/IVAN VRYPAYEV

REPO CHICK – ALEX COX

ENGKWENTRO – PEPE DIOKNO

THE MAN’S WOMAN & OTHER STORIES – AMIT DUTTA

PARAISO – HECTOR GALVEZ

IO SONO L’AMORE – LUCA GUADAGNINO

COW – GUAN HU

JUDGE – LIU JIE

PEPPERMINTA – PIPILOTTA RIST

TRIS DI DONNE E ABITI NUNZIALI – MARTINA GEDECK

INSOLACAO -DANIELA THOMAS/FELIPE HIRSCH

1428 – DU HAIBIN

I TRAVEL BECAUSE I HAVE TO, I COME BACK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU – MARCELO GOMES/KARIM AINOUZ

ONCE UPON A TIME PROLETARIAN: 12 TALES OF A CENTURY – GUO XIAOLU

VILLALOBOS – ROMUALD KARMAKAR

IL COLORE DELLE PAROLE – MARCO SIMON PUCCIONI

THE ONE ALL ALONE – FRANK SCHEFFER

TOTO – PETER SCHREINER

HORIZONS EVENTS

PROGRAM 1

THE DEATH OF PENTHEUS – PHILIP HAAS

FACES OF SOUL – GINA KIM

LA BOHEME – WERNER HERZOG

MUDANZA – PERE PORTABELLA

PROGRAM 2

DESERTO ROSA – LUIGI GHIRRI/ELISABETTA SGARBI

READING BOOK OF BLOCKADE – ALEKSANDER SOKUROV

ARMANDO TESTA – POVERO MA MODERNO – PAPPI CORSICATO

LA DANSE – LE BALLET DE L’OPERA DE PARIS – FREDRICK WISEMAN

HUGO EN AFRIQUE – STEFANO KNUCHEL

VIA DELLA CROCE – SERENA NONO

CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO

POETI – TONI D’ANGELO

NEGLI OCCHI – FRANCESCO DEL GROSSO

IL COMPLEANNO – DANIELE ANZELLOTTI/MARCO FILIBERTI

DIECI INVERNI – VALERIO MIELI

COSMONAUTA – SUSANNA NICCHIARELLI

HOLLYWOOD SUL TEVERE – MARCO SPAGNOLI

IL PICCOLO – MAURIZIO ZACCARO

CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO EVENTS

GUISEPPE DE SANTIS – CARLO LIZZANI

CONTROCAMPO/RETROSPECTIVE EVENTS

LOLA – GIULIO QUESTI

HOTEL COURBET – TINTO BRASS

2 Responses to “THE 2009 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINE UP”

  1. ok i really want to see life during wartime

    and yeah of the things given descriptions guess i’ll try repo chick and io sono l’amore

    the geek has spoken…

    but i really want to see ‘life during wartime’.

    got to fight off that oscar bait stuff…. 🙂

  2. That’s my lovely friend glim.

    Always raising the bar.

    Fight the power, baby…

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