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Venice Fest Loads Up on American Films for ’98

Venice Fest Loads Up on American Films for '98

Venice Fest Loads Up on American Films for '98

by Mark Rabinowitz

The Venice Film Festival has announced the lineup for this year’s
festival, running from September 3-13, and the program is rife with
American films, according to Daily Variety, reversing last year’s
paucity of U.S. fare. Last year, festival director Felice Laudadio made
statements criticizing American films for lacking in creativity and
relying on special effects, but this year he reversed himself. “I’m
happy to say that none of the American movies I saw for Venice this year
relied on special effects of technology unless they were functional to
the story”, Laudadio told the Hollywood trade.

This year’s fest includes several world premieres from major U.S.
filmmakers, including four American films in competition for the
Golden Lion, Venice’s highest honor. In fact, one of the U.S.
competition entries is the studio-made “Bulworth,” marking
filmmaker/star Warren Beatty’s first appearence at a festival
with one of his own films, according to the trade paper. Several U.S.
films are having their world premiere at this, one of the oldest film
festivals in the world, including “Bryan Singer’s “Apt Pupil,” Woody
Allen’s “Celebrity,” John Dahl’s “Rounders,” “New Rose Hotel” from Abel
Ferrara, “Another Day in Paradise” from “Kids” helmer Larry Clark and “A
Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries
,” from James Ivory.

The European bow of Steven Spielberg’s WWII epic, “Saving Private Ryan
is set as the fest’s opening night film, while Doris Dorrie’s German
film, “Bin Ich Schon?” will close the fest on September 13th. Other
European premieres include Steven Soderbergh’s “Out of Sight,” Beatty’s
pic and Peter Weir’s “The Truman Show” which was originally offered a
competition slot, according to Variety, but Paramount, the pics
distributor decided on a non-competition slot. Variety also reported
that sophomore festival director Felice Laudadio had previously
announced a spotlight on Italian films, but changed his mind, choosing
instead to spread 14 Italian films throughout the fest’s various

The festival’s competition, non-competition and Nights and Stars lineups are listed below:


Black Cat, White Cat,” directed by Emir Kusterica (Yugoslavia)

Bulworth,” directed by Warren Beatty (United States)

The Cloud,” directed by Fernando Solanas (Argentina)

Conte d’automne,” directed by Eric Rohmer (France)

Dancing at Lughnasa,” directed by Pat O’Connor (Ireland)

Hurlyburly,” directed by Tony Drazan (United States)

Jackie,” directed by Anand Tucker (United Kingdom)

Little Teachers,” directed by Daniele Luchetti (Italy)

Lola Runs,” directed by Tom Tykwer (Germany)

Lovers of the Arctic Circle,” directed by Julio Medem (Spain)

New Rose Hotel,” directed by Abel Ferrara (United States)

The Pear Tree,” directed by Francesca Archibugi (Italy)

Place Vendom,” directed by Nicole Garcia (France)

Rounders,” directed by John Dahl (United States)

Sokout,” directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iran)

Terminus Paradis,” directed by Lucian Pintilie (Romania)

Traffic,” directed by Joao Botelho (Portugal)

Voleur de vie,” directed by Yves Angelo (France)

The Way They Laughed,” directed by Gianni Amelio (Italy)


Saving Private Ryan,” directed by Steven Spielberg (U.S.) – Opening Night

Bin Ich Schon?,” directed by Doris Dorne (Germany) – Closing Night

The Ballad of the Windsreen Washers,” directed by Peter Del Monte (Italy)

Celebrity,” directed by Woody Allen (U.S.)

Chances or Confidences,” directed by Claude Lelouch (France)

Elizabeth,” directed by Shekhar Kapur (U.K.)

Forbidden Encounters,” directed by Alberto Sordi (Italy)

Of Lost Love,” directed by Michele Placido (Italy)

A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries,” directed James Ivory (U.K.)

You Laugh,” directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Italy)


Another Day in Paradise,” directed by Larry Clark (U.S.)

Apt Pupil,” directed by Bryan Singer (U.S.)

He Got Game,” directed by Spike Lee (U.S.)

Lautrec,” directed by Roger Pianchon (France)

Out of Sight“, directed by Steven Soderbergh (U.S.)

A Perfect Murder,” directed by Andrew Davis (U.S.)

Poodle Springs,” directed by Bob Rafelson (U.S.)

Radio Freddia,” directed by Luciano Ligabue (Italy)

The Red Violin,” directed by Francois Girard

The Truman Show,” directed by Peter Weir (U.S.)

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