“Gravity” To Open The 70th Venice International Film Festival
The highly anticipated flick Gravity is slated to open in Venice at the anniversary La Biennale. Famed director of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, and Y Tu Mama Tam Bien director Alfonso Cuaron, directs Hollywood heavy weights George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in this suspense sci-fi thriller.
This year’s main jury is led by director Bernardo Bertolucci (“Last Tango in Paris”) and includes Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and French actress Virginie Ledoyen.
Unusually, two documentaries are among the 20 films vying for the top prize. One is “The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld” by Errol Morris, about the former U.S. Defense Secretary who oversaw the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Other U.S. contenders in the competition are “Parkland” (by Peter Landesman), starring Zac Efron, about the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated; “Joe” (by David Gordon Green), where Nicolas Cage plays an ex-convict who encounters a teenage boy; and “Night Moves” (by Kelly Reichardt and starring Jesse Eisenberg), about three environmentalists who conspire to destroy a dam.
Judi Dench plays a mother searching for the son taken away from her decades earlier in Stephen Frears’s “Philomena,” also in the official competition.
Screening outside the official contest is a documentary about cyclist Lance Armstrong and Italian director Ettore Scola’s movie on the life of fellow filmmaker Federico Fellini.
The full line up:
MERZAK ALLOUACHE – ES-STOUH
Algeria, France, 94’
Adila Bendimerad, Nassima Belmihoub, Ahcene Benzerari, Aïssa Chouat, Mourad Khen, Myriam Ait El Hadj
GIANNI AMELIO – L’INTREPIDO
Antonio Albanese, Livia Rossi, Gabriele Rendina, Alfonso Santagata, Sandra Ceccarelli
ALEXANDROS AVRANAS – MISS VIOLENCE
Themis Panou, Eleni Roussinou
JOHN CURRAN – TRACKS
UK, Australia, 107’
Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver
EMMA DANTE – VIA CASTELLANA BANDIERA
Italy, Switzerland, France, 90’
Elena Cotta, Emma Dante, Alba Rohrwacher, Renato Malfatti, Dario Casarolo, Carmine Maringola
XAVIER DOLAN – TOM À LA FERME
Canada, France, 105’
Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu
JAMES FRANCO – CHILD OF GOD
Scott Haze, Tim Blake, Nelson Jim Parrack
STEPHEN FREARS – PHILOMENA
Judi Dench, Steve Coogan
PHILIPPE GARREL – LA JALOUSIE
Louis Garrel, Anna Mouglalis
TERRY GILLIAM – THE ZERO THEOREM
UK, USA, 107’
Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Lucas Hedges, Ben Whishaw, Tilda Swinton
AMOS GITAI – ANA ARABIA
Israel, France, 84’
Yuval Scharf, Sarah Adler, Uri Gavriel, Norman Issa, Yussuf Abuwarda, Shady Srur, Assi Levy
JONATHAN GLAZER – UNDER THE SKIN
UK, USA, 107’
DAVID GORDON GREEN – JOE
Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronie Gene Blevins
PHILIP GRÖNING – DIE FRAU DES POLIZISTEN
Alexandra Finder, David Zimmerschied, Pia Kleemann, Chiara Kleemann, Horst Rehberg, Katharina Susewind, Lars Rudolph
PETER LANDESMAN – PARKLAND
James Badge Dale, Zac Efron, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, David Harbour, Marcia Gay Harden, Ron Livingston, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton, Jackie Weaver, Tom Welling, Paul Giamatti
HAYAO MIYAZAKI – KAZE TACHINU
ERROL MORRIS – THE UNKNOWN KNOWN
Donald Rumsfeld (documentary)
KELLY REICHARDT – NIGHT MOVES
Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, James Le Gros
GIANFRANCO ROSI – SACRO GRA
MING-LIANG TSAI – JIAOYOU (STRAY DOGS)
Chinese Taipei, France, 138’
Venice Film Festival will also feature
VENICE Classics – A selection of restored classic films and documentaries on cinema CHANTAL AKERMAN – LE 15/8 (1973) Belgium, 42’ CHANTAL AKERMAN – HÔTEL MONTEREY (1972) Belgium, Usa, 65’ RAY ASHLEY, MORRIS ENGEL, RUTH ORKIN – LITTLE FUGITIVE (1953) Usa, 75’ Richard Brewster, Winifred Cushing, Jay Williams GIANNI BORGNA (CURATED BY) – PROFEZIA. L’AFRICA DI PASOLINI ..
OUT OF COMPETITION Feature Films – Important works by directors already established in previous editions of the Festival SHINJI ARAMAKI – SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK Japan, 115’ ALFONSO CUARÓN – GRAVITY Usa, 90’ George Clooney, Sandra Bullock SALVO CUCCIA – CUCCIA – SUMMER 82 WHEN ZAPPA CAME TO SICILY Italy, Usa, 80’ Gail Zappa, Moon Zappa, Diva Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, Mathild…
ORIZONTI aka NEW TRENDS in World Cinema – VALERIA ALLIEVI – QUELLO CHE RESTA Italy, 20’ (documentary) SERIK APRYMOV – BAUYR (LITTLE BROTHER) Kazakhstan, 95’ Almat Galym, Alisher Aprymov ENRICO MARIA ARTALE – IL TERZO TEMPO Italy, 96’ Stefania Rocca, Stefano Cassetti, Lorenzo Richelmy, Edoardo Pesce, Margherita Laterza AGNÈS B. – JE M’APPELLE HMMM
The autonomous and parallel sections include The International Critics’ Week and The Giornate Degli Autori – Venice Days.
The official screening schedule will be announced mid-August.
The 70th Venice International Film Festival will be held on the Lido of Venice from 28th August to 7th September 2013 and is directed by Alberto Barbera.
The oldest festival in the world, MOSTRA is a competitive event for features and sorts. Two competing sections and three Prizes: The Golden Lion, The Lion of the Year, and The Lion of the Future to best director’s debut film.