Venice Critics’ Week, an independent section of the Venice Film Festival, has announced its lineup of debut features that will be in competition alongside official selections for the festival’s Lion of the Future award, worth $100,000. The 30th edition of Venice Critcs’ Week will also open with a tribute to Scottish director and actor Peter Mullan (“My Name is Joe,” “Trainspotting”), who will have his 1998 directorial debut “Orphans” screened.
The seven works in competition have been selected by Italian film critic Francesco Di Pace. All synopses have been provided by the Venice Critics’ Week website.
Director: Adriano Valerio
From Puglia to Romania through a reverse migration process, agronomist Ivo drags with him the destiny of Clara.
Director: João Salaviza
David, a 14 year old boy who is living a crucial moment of his existence, is forced to grow up fast, lacking strong family reference points.
Director: Esther May Campbell
Three kids of different ages are forced to face ‘light years’ distance that separates them from adulthood, in a walked road movie that will guide them through the consciousness of the real world that surrounds them.
“Ana yurdu” (“Motherland”)
Director: Senem Tuzen
“Writer Nesrin, an emancipated woman with two marriages and an abortion behind her, returns to her hometown to confront herself with her past ghosts.”
Directors: Martin Butler and Bentley Dean
“Tanna” tells the love story between Waea and Dain, a relationship that will be opposed until the very end and with extreme consequences.
Director: Green Zeng
An old man returns home to his daughter and son after spending decades in jail accused of communism, an accusation that in the Singaporean regime equals one of the worst crimes.
“Kalo Pothi” (“The Black Hen”)
Director: Min Bahadur Bham
Adventures of two kids and their hen are intertwined with those of the community of a small village consumed by the civil war between government army and Maoist guerrilla.
Liu Shumin’s “Jia” (“The Family”) (pictured above) and Antonio Capuana’s “Bagnoli Jungle” will screened out of competition.
Critics’ Week films will be voted on by festival attendees rather than a Jury. The 72nd Venice Film Festival runs September 2-12.