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Malick, Assayas, Korine and De Palma Set For 69th Venice Film Festival; ‘The Master’ Skips Out

Malick, Assayas, Korine and De Palma Set For 69th Venice Film Festival; 'The Master' Skips Out

Two days after Toronto gave us a large chunk of their lineup, the 69th Venice Film Festival has announced its full slate. Collectively offering 50 world premieres, the films also mark the first lineup from artistic director Alberto Barbera’s new tenure, who replaced Marco Mueller this year (though Barbera had headed the fest from 1998 to 2001).

Films from Terrence Malick (“To The Wonder”), Olivier Assayas (“Something In The Air”), Takeshi Kitano (“Outrage: Beyond”), Ramin Bahrani (“At Any Price”), Marco Bellocchio (“Dormant Beauty”), Brian De Palma (“Passion”), Brillante Mendoza (“Thy Womb”) and Harmony Korine (“Spring Breakers”) are among the competition titles, while — as previously announced — Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” will open the fest.

A film notably not coming to the festival is Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” which many assumed was something of a lock for competition. It may still turn up in Toronto or Telluride, but unless it ends up being a last minute edition, “The Master” is not heading to Italy this August. Other somewhat suspected (to varying degrees) films that didn’t end up in Venice lineup include Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring,” Michael Hoffman’s “Gambit,” Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,”  James Gray’s “Lowlife,” and  Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” (all of which could also turn up in Toronto or Telluride, though most seem unlikely at this point).

Among the films that did make the cut, an interesting trend in this year’s prestigous European fests persists: The presence of American teen hearthrobs. After both showing up in Cannes (alongside Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, no less), both Zac Efron and Shia LaBeouf will also have films screening in Venice, with “At Any Price” and “The Company You Keep,” respectively (“The Paperboy” and “Lawless” were both in Cannes).  Add that to Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens (Efron’s ex-girlfriend, no less), who both star in Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” and Venice will be a regular Tiger Beat on the Lido.

The 69th Venice Film Festival will run August 29 to September 8. Check out the complete lineup on the next page.

Opening Film:
The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” Mira Nair (U.S., Qatar)

Closing Film:
L’homme qui rit,” Jean-Pierre Ameris (France)

To the Wonder,” Terrence Malick (U.S.)
Something in the Air,” Olivier Assayas (France)
Outrage: Beyond,” Takeshi Kitano (Japan)
Fill The Void,” Rama Burshtein (Israel)
Pieta,” Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
Dormant Beauty,” Marco Bellocchio (Italy)
E’ stato il figlio,” Daniele Cipri (Italy)
At Any Price,” Ramin Bahrani (U.S., U.K.)
La cinquieme saison,” Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (Belgium, Netherlands, France)
Un giorno speciale, ” Francesca Comencini (Italy)
Passion,” Brian De Palma (France, Germany)
Superstar, ” Xavier Giannoli (France, Belgium)
Spring Breakers,” Harmony Korine (U.S.)
Thy Womb,” Brillante Mendoza (Philippines)
Linhas de Wellington,” Valeria Sarmiento (Portugal, France)
Paradise: Faith,” Ulrich Seidl (Austria, France, Germany)
Betrayal,” Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)

Out of Competition:
L’homme qui rit,” Jean-Pierre Ameris (France)
Love Is All You Need,” Susanne Bier (Denmark/Sweden)
Cherchez Hortense,” Pascal Bonitzer (France)
Sur un fil,” Simon Brook (France/Italy)
Enzo Avitabile Music Life,” Jonathan Demme (documentary) (Italy/U.S.)
Tai Chi 0,” Stephen Fung (China)
Lullaby to My Father,” Amos Gitai (Israel/France)
Shokuzai” (Penance), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan)
Bad 25,” Spike Lee (documentary) (U.S.)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” Mira Nair (India/Pakistan/U.S.)
O Gebo e a Sombra,” Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal/France)
The Company You Keep,” Robert Redford (U.S.)
Shark (Bait 3D),” Kimble Rendall (China)
Disconnect,” Henry-Alex Rubin (U.S.)
The Iceman,” Ariel Vromen (U.S.)

Out of Competition (Special Events):
“Anton tut ryadom” (Anton’s Right Here), Lyubov Arkus (documentary) (Russia)
“Ya Man Aach” (It Was Better Tomorrow), Hinde Boujemaa (documentary) (Italy)
“Sfiorando il muro,” Silvia Giralucci & Luca Ricciardi (documentary) (Italy)
“Carmel,” Amos Gitai (Israel/France/Italy)
“El impenetrable,” Daniele Incalcaterra & Fausta Quattrini (documentary) (Argentina/France)
“Witness: Libya,” Michael Mann (documentary) (U.S.)
“Medici con l’Africa,” Carlo Mazzacurati (documentary) (Italy)
“La nave dolce,” Daniele Vicari (documentary) (Italy/Albania)

“Wadjda,” Haifaa Al Mansour (Germany)
“Khanéh Pedari” (The Paternal House), Kianoosh Ayari (Iran)
“Ja Tozhe Hochu” (I Also Want It), Alexey Balabanov (Russia)
“Gli equilibristi,” Ivano De Matteo (Italy)
“L’intervallo,” Leonardo Di Costanzo (Italy/Switzerland/Germany)
“El Sheita Elli Fat” (Winter of Discontent), Ibrahim El Batout (Egypt)
“Tango Libre,” Frédéric Fonteyne (Belgium/France/Luxembourg)
“Menatek Ha-Maim” (The Cutoff Man), Idan Hubel (Israel)
“Gaosu tamen, wo cheng baihe qu le” (Fly with the Crane), Li Ruijun (China)
“Kapringen” (A Hijacking), Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)
“Leones,” Jazmin Lopez (Argentina/France/Netherlands)
“Bellas Mariposas,” Salvatore Mereu (Italy)
“Low Tide,” Roberto Minervini (U.S./Italy/Belgium)
“Boxing Day,” Bernard Rose (Great Britain/U.S.)
“Yema,” Djamila Sahraoui (Algeria/France)
“Araf” (Araf – Somewhere in Between), Yesim Ustaoglu (Turkey/France/Germany)
“Sennen no Yuraku” (The Millennial Rapture), Koji Wakamatsu (Japan)
“San Zi Mei” (Three Sisters), Wang Bing (documentary) (France/Hong Kong-China)

Horizons Short Films:
“Las manos limpias,” Carlos Armella (Mexico)
“Bansulli” (The Flute), Min Bham (Nepal)
“O Afinador,” Fernando Camargo & Matheus Parizi (Brazil)
“Resistente,” Renate Costa & Salla Sorri (Denmark/Finland/Paraguay)
“La sala,” Alessio Giannone (Italy)
“Marla,” Nick King (Australia)
“Miracle Boy,” Jake Mahaffy (U.S.)
“Living Still Life,” Bertrand Mandico (France/Belgium/Germany)
“Frank-Étienne vers la béatitude,” Constance Meyer (France)
“I’m the One,” Paola Morabito (Australia)
“Luisa no está en casa,” Celia Rico Clavellino (Spain)
“Cargo,” Carlo Sironi (Italy)
Cho-De” (Invitation), Yoo Min-young (South Korea)
“Titloi Telous” (Out of Frame), Yorgos Zois (Greece)
“Diamond Sutra,” Tsai Ming-liang (Chinese Taipei)  (Horizons Closing Film)

For more information, check out Venice’s website.


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