The 10th anniversary of the Venice Film Festival's independent Venice Days sidebar announced their program, which will be nestled inside the 70th anniversary of Venice itself.
Over the past decade the
program has offered up many notable premieres, including Sarah Polley's
"Stories We Tell" last year, as well as Ramin Bahrani's "Man Push
Cart," Denis Villeneuve's "Incendies," Jean-Marc Vallee's "C.R.A.Z.Y."
and Hubert Sauper's "Darwin's Nightmare."
This year, 12 films will follow in their footsteps in a lineup that's unusually American-centric, which is partly due to a partnership the program made with the Tribeca Film Festival for this year.
partnership saw Tribeca choose a U.S. title to screen at the event (and
then Venice will do the same at Tribeca). That film was Josh and Benny
Safdie’s documentary "Lenny Cooke," which joins U.S. entries like Sean
Gullette’s “Traitors,” John Krokidas's "Kill Your Darlings," Cherien
Dabis's "May In The Summer" and a short film from Ava DuVernay.
Also notable in the lineup is Canadian Bruce LaBruce (the program clearly loves their Canadians, as noted earlier with Polley, Villeneuve and Vallee), who is premiering “Gerontophilia,” a film about an 18-year old boy and his relationship with an 82-year-old man (think a gay, sexually explicit "Harold and Maude).
Full Venice Days lineup below. The Venice Film Festival runs August 28 to September 7. The official selection lineup will be announced tomorrow.
“Alienation,” Milko Lazarov (Bulgaria)
“La Belle Vie,” Jean Denizot (France)
“Bethlehem,” Yuval Adler (Israel)
“Gerontophilia,” Bruce LaBruce (Canada)
“Traitors,” Sean Gullette (Morocco/U.S.)
“Kill Your Darlings,” John Krokidas (U.S.)
“Nobody’s Home,” Deniz Akcay (Turkey)
“May In The Summer,” Cherien Dabis (U.S., Qatar, Jordan)
“La Mia Classe,” Daniele Gaglianone (Italy)
“La Reconstruccion,” Juan Taratuto (Argentina)
“Rigor Mortis,” Juno Mak (Hong Kong)
“Siddharth,” Richie Mehta (India,Canada)
Women’s Tales Project (Shorts) in collaboration with Miu Miu
“The Door,” Ava DuVernay (Italy,U.S.)
“Le Donne Della Vucciria,” Hiam Abbas (Italy,France)
“Julia,” J. Jackie Baier (Germany,Lithuania)
“Venezia Salva,” Serena Nono (Italy)
In Collaboration With Tribeca Film Festival
“Lenny Cooke,” Benny Safdie, Joshua Safdie (U.S.)
Pre-opener Special Screening
“L’arbitro,” Paolo Zucca (Italy,Argentina)
Closer – Special Screening
“Tres Bodas De Mas,” Javier Ruiz Caldera (Spain)