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Claudia Cardinale Guest of Honor for Venice Film Festival’s Classic Film Lineup; Includes Rossellini, Renoir, Friedkin’s ‘Sorcerer’ and More

Claudia Cardinale Guest of Honor for Venice Film Festival's Classic Film Lineup; Includes Rossellini, Renoir, Friedkin's 'Sorcerer' and More

Italian actress Claudia Cardinale will be the guest host of Venezia
Classici, the program devoted to classic film restorations, the rediscovery of neglected or underrated films, and to documentaries about
cinema, at the 70th Venice International Film Festival, running August 28 through September 7. This year’s program includes Roberto Rossellini’s “Paisan,” Jean Renoir’s “La bete humaine” and a Satyajit Ray program.

Cardinale will attend the screening of Luchino Visconti’s 1965 film, “Vaghe stelle
dell’Orsa,” which was awarded the Golden
Lion at the 30th Venice International Film Festival — and starred Cardinale. It is restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment. 

The program opens with William Friedkin’s “Sorcerer” (1977), the director’s remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s “The Wages of Fear,” which endured a troubled production and lackluster opening but is now widely viewed as a misunderstood masterpiece. It is restored for the
occasion by Warner Bros.

Additionally, the Venice festival is launching its first-ever online competition, inviting the public to vote for the film of the decade from the “Venice Days” sidebar. 50 films have been selected from the program’s last 10 years, and audiences can vote on the best one.

A full list of the series’ restored films below:

·         Le mani
sulla città (Hands Over the City)

by Francesco Rosi (Italy, 1963, 105’, B/W)

restoration: Csc – Cineteca Nazionale

(pre-opening film in Campo San Polo)

·         Paisà
(Paisan)

by Roberto Rossellini (Italy, 1946, 134’, B/W)

restoration: Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, Csc – Cineteca
Nazionale, Coproduction Office and Istituto Luce Cinecittà

·         Pane e
cioccolata (Bread and Chocolate)

by Franco Brusati (Italy, 1973, 100’, Colour)

restoration: Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, Csc – Cineteca
Nazionale and Lucky Red

·         Quién sabe?
(A Bullet for the General)

by Damiano Damiani (Italy, 1966, 119’, Colour)

restoration: Csc – Cineteca Nazionale

·         Vaghe stelle
dell’Orsa… (Sandra)

by Luchino Visconti (Italy, 1965, 105’, B/W)

restoration: Sony Pictures Entertainment in collaboration
with the Historic Archives of the Contemporary Arts (ASAC)

·         La proprietà
non è più un furto (Property Is No Longer a Theft)

by Elio Petri (Italy, 1973, 126’, Colour)

restoration: Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, Museo Nazionale
del Cinema of Turin and Titanus

·         La bête
humaine

by Jean Renoir (France, 1938, 100’, B/W)

restoration: Studiocanal

·         Providence

by Alain Resnais (France, 1977, 110’, Colour)

restoration: Jupiter Communications in collaboration with
the director of photography Ricardo Aronovich

·         Chantal
Akerman programme (total length 106’):

Hotel Monterey

by Chantal Akerman (Belgium, USA, 1972, 65’, Colour)

restoration: Cinematek in Brussels

Le 15 d’Août (The 15th of August)

by Chantal Akerman (Belgium, France, 1973, 41’, B/W)

restoration: Historic Archives of the Contemporary Arts
(ASAC) in collaboration with Cinematek in Brussels

·         Il bacio di
Tosca (Tosca’s Kiss)

by Daniel Schmid (Switzerland, 1984, 87’, Colour)

restoration: La Cinémathèque Suisse in collaboration with
the director of photography Renato Berta

·         White Rock

by Tony Maylam (Great Britain, 1977, 76’, Colour)

restoration: International Olympic Committee, Lausanne

·         Furyo (Merry
Christmas Mr. Lawrence)

by Nagisa Oshima (United Kingdom, Japan, 1983, 123’, Colour)

restoration: Hanway Films

·         Sjećaš li se
Dolly Bell (Do You Remember Dolly Bell?)

by Emir Kusturica (Yugoslavia, 1981, 107’, Colour)

restoration: Sarajevo Film Centre in collaboration with the
Historic Archives of the Contemporary Arts (ASAC)

·         Moy Drug
Ivan Lapshin (My Friend Ivan Lapshin)

by Aleksey Guerman Sr. (Urss, 1984, 100’, B/W)

restoration: Gosfilmofond, Boris and Ināra Teterev
Foundation,  Open World Fund

·         Satyajit Ray
programme (total length 134’):

Mahapurush (The Holy Man)

by Satyajit Ray (India, 1965, 65’, B/W)

restoration: RDB Organization

Kapurush (The Coward)

di Satyajit Ray (India, 1965, 69’, B/W)

restoration: RDB Organization

·         Nidhanaya
(The Treasure)

by Lester James Peries (Sri Lanka, 1973, 110’, B/W)

restoration: World Cinema Foundation

·         Yangguang
Canlan de Rizi (In the Heat of the Sun)

by Jiang Wen (China, Hong Kong, 1993, 140’, Colour)

restoration: Orange Sky, Golden Harvest Entertainment in
collaboration with Jiang Wen

·         Tian mi mi
(Comrades: Almost a Love Story)

by Peter Ho-sun Chan (Hong Kong, 1996, 118’, Colour)

restoration: We Pictures in collaboration with Warner Bros.
Pictures and Peter Ho-sun Chan

 ·         Dogfar nai
mae marn (Mysterious Object at Noon)

by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand, 2000, 89’, B/W)

restoration: World Cinema Foundation, Austrian Film Museum

·         Higanbana
(Equinox Flower)

by Yasujiro Ozu (Japan, 1958, 118’, Colour)

restoration: Shôchiku, Co. LTD

·         Yoru no
henrin (The Shape of Night)

by Noboru Nakamura (Japan, 1964, 109’, Colour)

restoration: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council
Tokyo and Tokyo Culture Creation Project (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for
History and Culture), and TOKYO FILMeX Organizing Committee in collaboration
with Shôchiku, Co. LTD   

·         Let’s Get
Lost

by Bruce Weber (USA, 1988, 120’, B/W)

restoration: Little Bear Inc.

·         Little
Fugitive

by Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin (USA, 1953, 80’,
B/W)

restoration: RIPLEY’S FILM and Orkin and Engel Film and
Photo Archive in collaboration with the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin,
the Historic Archives of the Contemporary Arts (ASAC) and Carlotta Films

·         My Darling
Clementine

by John Ford (USA, 1946, 97’, B/W)

restoration: 20th Century Fox Film in collaboration with
Cineric

·         Sorcerer

by William Friedkin (USA, 1977, 121’, Colour)

restoration: Warner Bros. Pictures

·         The Adventures of Hajji Baba

by Don Weis (USA, 1954, 94’, Colour)

restoration: 20th Century Fox Film in collaboration with
Cineric

·         The Most
Dangerous Game

by Irving Pichel, Ernest B. Schoedsack (USA, 1932, 63’, B/W)

restoration: Mk2, Lobster Films and L.E. Diapason

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