By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire September 2, 2009 at 3:47AM
One month ago, I scanned the blogs to see what was being talked about around the web when the line-up for the 66th Venice Film Festival was announced. The film's opening and closing ceremonies will be hosted by Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta, star of "Il Postino." On Wednesday, the Venice Film Festival opens today with "Baarìa" by Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso"). On the selection, festival director Marco Mueller said, ''The first time I saw Tornatore's film, I cried and laughed as if I was 14 years old."
Message board trolls are sure to come out in full force with the arrival of Michael Moore's new film "Capitalism: A Love Story." Moore debuted a new trailer to the film at his Traverse City Film Festival, and it has since hit the Interwebs. A push to see the film may be made all the more strong, as Moore has stated that this will be his last documentary for some time, returning to the fiction world he left with the John Candy-starrer "Canadian Bacon."
Gucci designer Tom Ford will premiere his new film, based on the 1964 Christopher Isherwood novel, "A Single Man." The film, Ford's debut, stars Colin Firth and Julianne Moore and is widely predicted to win the festival's third ever Queer Lion award. "Survival of the Dead," from the godfather of horror George A. Romero, has horror fans seething. The fan magazine Fangoria has reports from the film set posted and more to come. There's also the much talked about "Bad Lieutenant" remake, about which original director Abel Ferrara is famously pissed.
One of the festival's "surprise" selections, announced a week ago, "Green Days," is a docudrama based on the Iranian protests, featuring documentary footage and scripted scenes. The film, with a hot-button issue at the center of its plot, has been picked up for sale by Wild Bunch.
Also at the film festival is a retrospective panel of the works of Akira Kurosawa. According to an Associated Press report, Mueller said the festival is in talks with The Auteurs website to provide an outlet for films not picked up for regular distribution.