Friday, August 1, 2008

Venice Film Festival

The 2008 line-up has been announced:

IN COMPETITION
The Wrestler- directed by Darren Aronofsky (USA)
Stars Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and Mickey Rourke
The Burning Plain- directed by Guillermo Arriaga (USA)
Stars Kim Basinger and Charlize Theron; Arriaga is screenwriter of Amores Perros and 21 Grams, this is his directorial debut.
Il Papa di Giovanna- directed by Pupi Avati (Italy)
Birdwatchers- directed by Marco Bechis (Italy)
L'Autre- directed by Patrick Mario Bernard & Pierre Trividic (France)
The Hurt Locker- directed by Kathryn Bigelow (USA)
Stars Ralph Fiennes and Guy Pearce
Il Serne Della Discordia- directed by Pappi Coricato (Italy)
Rachel Getting Married- directed by Jonathon Demme (USA)
Stars Anne Hathaway and Debra Winger, and marks the first original film in nearly 20 years for Demme, whose been stuck in remake hell as of late with the ill-advised The Manchurian Candidate and The Truth About Charlie. This film been slowly generating possible Oscar buzz.
Teza- directed by Haile Gerima (Ethiopia\Germany\France)
Paper Soldier- directed by Aleksey German, Jr. (Russia)
Sut- directed by Semih Kaplanoglu (Turkey\France\Germany)
Achilles and the Tortoise- directed by Takeshi Katino (Japan)
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea- directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Japan)
Miyazaki's follow-up to his wonderous Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away.
Vegas: Based on a True Story- directed by Amir Naderi (USA)
The Sky Crawlers- directed by Oshii Mamoru (Japan)
Un Giorno Perfetto- directed by Ferzan Ozpetek (Italy)
Jerichow- directed by Christian Petzold (Germany)
Inju, La Bete Dans L'Ombre- directed by Barbet Schroeder (France)
Stars Benoit Magimel, of The Piano Teacher fame, director of Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Nuit de Chien
- directed by Werner Schroeter (France\Germany\Poland)
Inland- directed by Taniq Teguia (Algeria\France)
Plastic City- directed by Yu Lik-Wai (Brazil\China\Hong Kong)

OUT OF COMPETITION
Puccini e La Fanciulla- directed by Paolo Benvenuti (Italy)
Yuppi Du- directed by Adriano Celantano (Italy)
Burn After Reading- directed by Joel & Ethan Coen (USA)
The Coen Brothers latest film will serve as the opener of the Venice Film Festival.
35 Rhums- directed by Claire Denis (France/Spain)
Cry Me A River- directed by Jia Zhangke (China/Spain/France)
Shirin- directed by Abbas Kiarostami (Iran)
Tutto e Musica (1963)- directed by Domenico Modugno (Italy)
Vicino al Colosseo…c’e Monti- directed by Mario Monicelli (Italy)
Do Visivel ao Invisivel- directed by Manoel de Oliveira (Brazil/Portugal)
Orfeo 9 (1973)- directed by Tito Schipa Jr (Italy)
Les Plages D’Agnes- directed by Agnes Varda (France)
Vinyan- directed by Fabrice du Welz (France/UK/Belgium)
Encarnacao do Demonio- directed by Jose Mojica Marins (Brazil)
Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu) (1959)- directed by Piero Tellini (Italy)

The complete list here.

1 comment:

Carin said...

Hello James. This is Carin. Long time reader first time commentor. Thanks for the first post in like eight months which was information I could've easily obtained from IMDb. Still waiting on more of your great film reviews. Let's have 'em!

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