For the first time in Venice, the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement has been given “carte blanche” to select rare, forgotten or underestimated films for the Venice Classics section. This year’s festival runs September 2-12, 2015.
French cinema auteur (and dedicated film critic) Bertrand Tavernier will present four masterpieces he has personally chosen as Guest Director of the Venice Classics section: “White Paws” by Jean Grémillon (France, 1949, 92’, B&W), “The Vixen” by Alberto Lattuada (Italy, 1953, 93’, B&W), “Ray of Sunshine” by Pál Fejös (Germany/Austria, 1933, 87’, B&W) and “A Matter Of Life and Death” by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (UK, 1946, 104’, Color).
Also, Italian film director Francesco Patierno will chair the Jury of film students which, for the third time, will award Best Restored Film and Best Documentary in the Venice Classics section. Among the restored masterpieces of the Venice Classics section are:
“Aleksandr Nevskiy” (Alexander Nevsky, 1938) by Sergej Michajlovič Ėjzenštejn, “Amarcord” (1973) by Federico Fellini, “Red Beard” (1965) by Akira Kurosawa, “Bitter Reunion” (1958) by Claude Chabrol, “The Boys from Feng-kuei” (1983) by Hou Hsiao-hsien, “Heaven Can Wait” (1943) by Ernst Lubitsch, “Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom” (1975) by Pier Paolo Pasolini, “Hope” (1970) by Yilmaz Güney and “(We Want the Colonels” (1973) by Mario Monicelli.
Completing the Venice Classics section will be a selection of documentaries about cinema and its auteurs. The complete roster in this section will be announced in Rome on Wednesday July 29th.