ONLY THE BEGINNING: VENICE 2010
FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
DARREN ARONOFSKY’S BLACK SWAN and SOFIA COPPOLA’S comic drama SOMEWHERE will make their world premieres at the 2010 VENICE FILM FESTIVAL.
Mr. Aronofsky returns to Venice with a psychological thriller two years after winning the top prize for his drama THE WRESTLER.
BLACK SWAN stars MILA KUNIS, NATALIE PORTMAN and WINONA RYDER.
Ms. Coppola will showcase her film featuring Stephen Dorff as a bad boy actor struggling through life.
German director TOM TYKWER will also premiere his movie DREI.
Lido regular and part time Italy resident GEORGE CLOONEY isn’t expected again this year. Mr. Aronofsky’s movie got tagged for the opening slot and the U.S. release of GEORGE’S new film THE AMERICAN was all ready scheduled for SEPTEMBER 1 — the opening day of the fest.
In the end, the picture, a thriller shot largely in the quake stricken region of Abruzzo, is absent from the festival lineup.
“We put together an opening night of which we are very proud,” fest director MARCO MUELLER said.
In all, 79 world premieres will be shown in Venice from SEPTEMBER 1 – 11.
Director QUENTIN TARANTINO is heading the jury that will award the festival’s top prize on SEPTEMBER 11. Director JOHN WOO will receive a GOLDEN LION for his career.
Here is a list of the films (and their directors) in competition for THE GOLDEN LION…
BLACK SWAN – DARREN ARONOFSKY
LA PECORA NERA (BLACK SHEEP) – ASCANIO CELESTINI
SOMEWHERE – SOFIA COPPOLA
HAPPY FEW – ANTONY CORDIER
LA SOLITUDINE DEI NUMERI PRIMI (THE SOLITUDE OF PRIME NUMBERS) – SAVERIO COSTANZO
OVSYANKI (SILENT SOULS) – ALEKSEI FEDORCHENKO
PROMISES WRITTEN IN WATER – VINCENT GALLO
ROAD TO NOWHERE – MONTE HELLMAN
BALADA TRISTE DE TROMPETA (A SAD TRUMPET BALLAD) – ALEX DE LA IGLESIA
VENUS NOIRE (BLACK VENUS) – ABDELLATIF KECHICHE
POST MORTEM – PABLO LARRAIN
BARNEY’S VERSION – RICHARD J. LEWIS
NOI CREDEVAMO (WE BELIEVED) – MARIO MARTONE
LA PASSIONE (THE PASSION) – CARLO MAZZACURATI
JUSAN NIN NO SHIKAKU (13 ASSASINS) -TAKASHI MIIKE
POTICHE – FRANCOIS OZON
MEEK’S CUTOFF – KELLY REICHARDT
MIRAL – JULIAN SCHNABEL
NORUWEI NO MON (NORWEGIAN WOOD) – ANH HUNG TRAN
ATTENBERG – ATHINA RACHEL TSANGARI
DI RENJIE ZHI TONGTIAN DIGUO (DETECTIVE DEE & THE MYSTERY OF PHANTOM FLAME) -TSUI HARK
DREI (THREE) – TOM TYKWER
And one surprise…