69th Venice Film Festival Line Up & Highlights
VENICE BIENNALE FESTIVAL OPENER August 29th 2012:
Mira Nair continues to amaze with her very unique, international brand of filmmaking. What better film as a festival opener than The Reluctant Fundamentalist? Her colourful, heartwarming internationally acclaimed film Monsoon Wedding followed Salaam Bombay for which she won the Golden Camera and Audience Award at Cannes.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mira Nair’s film adapted from the novel by Mohsin Hamid is one of the highly anticipated films of Venice. Set in Lahore Pakistan, and Princeton, New Jersey over a decade that saw the Twin Towers vanish from the New York skyline, this is a story of love, ambition and tragedy.
Starring, Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Live Schreiber and Kiefer Sutherland.
17 Films In Competition Golden Lion Trophy:
Some Films to Highlight
Passion – Brian De Palma starring Rachel McAdams Noomi Rapace
- Contemporary sexual thriller
Spring Breakers – Mr. Korine starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco
- young revelers decide to rob a fast food restaurant
To The Wonder – Malick (writer/director) starring
Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem
The Master - Paul Thomas Anderson (director) delves into the strange cult world
of a man very similar to L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.
Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour
Highlighted Films Screening Out of Competition:
Enzo Avitabile Music Life – documentary Jonathan Demme about Mr. Avitabile, the Italian singer-songwriter and saxophonist.
Bad 25 – Spike Lee documentary about Michael Jackson
The Company You Keep – Robert Redford, starring Shia LaBeouf and Julie Christie
Your Film Festival & the 69th Venice Film Festival :
Youtube’s New Film Competition with Venice Film Festival & Ridley Scott was announced in January 2012. 10 Shorts will be screened at Venice. The prize is a trip to Italy, and a $500,000 grant to work with Mr. Scott’s company. Ridley Scott has already had one project on YouTube “Life In a Day” a 2011 documentary created from user-submitted videos. The Weinstein Company and Mr. Weinstein is involved. The 7 year old website will be link with the world’s oldest Film Festival. YouTube found that a previous effort to showcase shorts from festivals around the world was not successful and is on hiatus. Yahoo also has recently started it’s own short film project.
Venice and Ridley Scott are a good combination with a new artistic director and new management Venice Film Festival is looking forward to being aggressive.
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