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Venice 2010: A Complete Guide to the Festival

Venice 2010: A Complete Guide to the Festival

The Venice Film Festival kick’s off Wednesday, September 1st with the world premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” leading into eleven days that feature some of the most anticipated premieres of the year, from Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” to Julian Schnabel’s “Miral” to Anh Hung Tran’s “Norwegian Wood” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Meek’s Cutoff.”

It’s one of the year’s major international cinematic events and indieWIRE will be offering a variety of coverage over the course of the fest, while Thompson on Hollywood‘s Anne Thompson is already on the scene in Italy.

indieWIRE has also put together film pages for a number of Venice titles and will be updating them as the festival progresses to include links to coverage, criticWIRE grades and any other information that might come along. A handy guide to the pages (which already include photos, plot synopses, and trailers), is below.

The Venice Film Festival runs through September 11th, closing down with the world premiere of Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest.”

In Competition:

Attenberg” (Greece) [Film Page]
Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari; Cast: Giorgios Lanthimos, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou

Barney’s Version” (Canada/Italy) [Film Page]
Director: Richard J. Lewis; Cast: Paul Giamatti, Minnie Driver, Dustin Hoffman, Will Patton

Black Swan” (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Darren Aronofsky; Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey

Black Venus” (France) [Film Page]
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche; Cast: Alix Benezech, Mirabelle Kirkland, Olivier Gourmet, Vanessa Le Gallo

Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame” (China) [Film Page]
Director: Tsui Hark, China; Cast: Andy Lau, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, Jean-Michel Casanova

Essential Killing” (Poland/Norway/Hungary/Ireland) [Film Page]
Director: Jerzy Skolimowski; Cast: Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner

Happy Few” (France) [Film Page]
Director: Anthony Cordier; Cast: Marina Fois, Elodie Bouchez, Roschdy Zem, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Meek’s Cutoff” (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Kelly Reichardt; Cast: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson, Will Patton

Miral” (USA/France/Italy/Israel) [Film Page]
Director: Julian Schnabel; Cast: Freida Pinto, Alexander Siddig, Willem Defoe, Hiam Abbass

Noi Credevamo” (Italy) [Film Page]
Director: Mario Martone; Cast: Luigi Lo Cascio, Valerio Binasco, Francesca Inaudi, Guido Caprino

Norwegian Wood” (Japan) [Film Page]
Director: Anh Hung Tran; Cast: Rinko Kikuchi, Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Tetsuji Tamayama, Kiko Mizuhara, Kengo Kara

La Passione” (Italy) [Film Page]
Director: Carlo Mazzacurati; Cast: Silvio Orlando, Giuseppe Battiston, Kasia Smutniak, Cristiana Capotondi

La Pecora Nera” (Italy) [Film Page]
Director: Ascanio Celestini; Cast: Maya Sansa, Giorgio Tirabassi, Luisa De Santis, Ascanio Celestini

Post Mortem” (Chile) [Film Page]
Director: Pablo Larrain; Cast: Alfredo Castro

Potiche,” (France) [Film Page]
Director: Francois Ozon; Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve, Judith Godreche, Jeremie Renier

Promises Written in Water” (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Vincent Gallo; Cast: Delfine Barfot, Sage Stallone, Lisa Love, Hope Tomaselli

Road to Nowhere” (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Monte Hellman; Cast: Shannyn Sossamon, Dominique Swain, Cliff de Young, John Diehl, Waylon Payne

A Sad Trumpet Ballad” (Spain) [Film Page]
Director: Alex de la Iglesia; Cast: Santiago Segura, Fernando Guillen Cuervo, Antonio de la Torre, Fran Perea

Silent Souls” (Russia) [Film Page]
Director: Aleksei Fedorchenko; Cast: Igor Sergeyev, Yuriy Tsurilo, Yuliya Aug, Victor Sukhorukov

The Solitude of Prime Numbers” (Italy) [Film Page]
Director: Saverio Costanzo; Cast: Isabella Rossellini, Alba Rohrwacher, Filippo Timi, Luca Marinelli, Maurizio Donadoni

Somewhere” (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Sofia Coppola; Cast: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Benecio Del Toro, Michelle Monaghan

13 Assassins” (Japan) [Film Page]
Director: Takashi Miike; Cast: Koji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Yusuke Iseya, Takayuki Yamada

Three” (Germany) [Film Page]
Director: Tom Tykwer; Cast: Sophie Rois, Sebastian Schipper, Devid Striesow

Out of Competition:

That Girl in Yellow Boots,” (India) [Film Page]
Director: Anurag Kashyap; Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Naseeruddin Shah, Prashant Prakash

I’m Still Here: the Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix,” (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Casey Affleck; Cast: Joaquin Phoenix

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen,” (China/Hong Kong) [Film Page]
Director: Andrew Lau; Cast: Donnie Yen, Shu Qi, Anthony Wong, Huang Bo

A Letter To Elia” (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Martin Scorsese

Machete,” (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Robert Rodriguez; Cast: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan

Passione,” (Italy) [Film Page]
Director: John Tuturro

Reign of Assassins,” (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong) [Film Page]
Director: John Woo and Su Chao-Pin; Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Woo-sung Jung, Shawn Yue, Barbie Hsu

Showtime,” (China, Hong Kong) [Film Page]
Director: Stanley Kwan; Cast: Carina Lau, Hu Jun, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Huang Lei

Sorelle Mai,” (Italy) [Film Page]
Director: Marco Bellocchio; Cast:Alba Rohrwacher, Donatella Finocchiaro, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Elena Bellocchio, Gianni Schicchi Gabrieli, Letizia Bellocchio, Maria Luisa Bellocchio, Alberto Bellocchio, Irene Baratta, Valentina Bardi, Silvia Ferretti, Giovanna Berretta, and Anna Bianchi

The Tempest,” (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Julie Taymor; Cast: Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand, Alan Cumming, David Strathairn

The Town,” (USA) [Film Page]
Director: Ben Affleck; Cast: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Blake Likely

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