Each year, at the end of August-beginning of September, in the framework of the biennale de Venise, festival of contemporary art over the course of several weeks, film buffs, a visit to Venice to have the pleasure of attending one of the biggest film festivals. The selection of the 69th edition, which will take place from 29 August to 8 September, has just been unveiled and we reserve some great films.
Practical info about the festival
For many years, The Cannes film festival was far ahead of those of Venice and Berlin. If Berlin is still lagging behind, The Mostra of Venice has much catching up in recent years. The marketing aspect and the glitter is less marked, but the films are often as good as those presented in Cannes. Today, many great directors do not hesitate to take advantage of the festival. In addition, the trip is not necessarily more expensive than that to Cannes.
The feature films selected for the festival
Among the feature films in competition, there has been heavy this year ! The film event of the festival is, of course, To The Wonder, de Terrence Malick with Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams. Passion Brian de Palma and Outrage by Takeshi Kitano are also particularly expected. French side, one notes the presence of new films from Xavier Giannoli and Olivier Assayas. The UFO of the competition is expected to be in Spring Breakers, a film featuring braqueuses in a bikini all performed by actresses who are more accustomed to the productions Disney.
Last year, the jury of the film director Darren Arronofski was awarded the Golden Lion to the Russian film Faust, adaptation is very free, the history of Goethe. This year, the president of the jury is american since it comes to Michael Mann. Has its sides, it will include the actress and model Laetitia Casta, the Italian director, Matteo Garrone, or the producer of hong kong’s Peter Ho-Sun Chan.
Out-of-competition are new films from Robert Redford, The Company You Keep, and Mira Nair, The fundamentalist despite himself, that should be a sensation. Festival-goers will also be able to rediscover a selection of classic films and documentaries about cinema. Finally, like in Cannes, a selection that is parallel to “Week of criticism” will reward other feature films not selected for the official competition. A few years ago, the festival also presented a selection of short films but this is unfortunately no longer the case.
With several films particularly attractive, the Mostra of Venice has great chances to continue its growth this year, despite the lack of stars announced. Anyway, the festival of american Deauville, whose selection was announced yesterday and which takes place at the same time, it will certainly struggle to exist.