The Biennale has announced the line up for the international short film competition Corto Cortissimo, to be featured during the upcoming 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival.
The section will open with Man Push Cart and Goodbye Solo director Ramin Bahrani’s eco-themed short Plastic Bag, out of competition. The short traces an epic, existential journey of a plastic bag in a world of globalization concerns. Bahrani, who was last in Venice with Goodbye Solo (2008), is also on the Lion of the Future (first film) jury this year.
Plastic Bag is the first of 26 shorts (18 of which are in competition) that were selected out of 1,600 submissions this year.
The 18 films competing in this year’s Corto Cortissimo line up, represent 16 countries and include three Italian films including the debut of actor Adriano Giannini’s The Game (Il gioco), ample Asian entries such as Kwang bok-Kim’s Mom’s Vacation (Umma-e-huga) and Japan’s Edmund Yao’s Kingo. Others titles hail from Brazil, such as Bliss (O teu sorriso) from Pedro Freire as well as titles from Eastern Europe, Europe, South Africa and the United States.
The section closes with the Italian-Swiss co-production The It.Aliens by filmmakers Clemens Klopfenstein and Lucas Tiberio Klopfenstein, out of competition.
As previously announced – the section will be judged by a three-member jury led by – US filmmaker Stuart Gordon, Russian actress and critic and festival director Sitora Alieva and American scholar Steve Ricci. The jury will assign three prizes in the section:
-Corto Cortissimo Lion for best short film
-Candidate Venice Film Festival – nomination for the European Film Awards
Corto Cortissimo Line Up:
Ramin Bahrani- The Plastic Bag – out of competition opening film
Clemens Klopfenstein and Lucas Tiberio Klopfenstein – The It.Aliens – out of competition closing film
Salome Aleksi – Happiness – Georgia
Tomek Baginski – The Kinematograph – Poland
Gianclaudio Cappai – I Know There’s A Man – Italy
Jan Cvitkovic – This Is Earth My Brother – Slovenia-Italy
Sara Eliassen – Still Birds – Norway
Pedro Freire – Bliss – Brazil
Adriano Giannini – The Game – Italy
Murad Ibragimbekov – Objekt No 1- Russia
Rowland Jobson – GirlLikeMe - Great Britain
Etienne Kallos – Firstborn – South Africa / USA
Kwang-bok Kim – Mom’s Vacation – Korea
David Lea – Storage – Great Britain
Simone Massi – Nuvole Mani - France
Meni Philip – Sinner – Israel
Martin Stitt – Family Jewels – USA/ Great Britain
Shijie Tan – For Two – Singapore
Dean Yamada – Bicycle – Japan / USA
Edmund Yeo – Kingyo – Japan/Malaysia
Corto Cortissimo – Events
Leonardo Carrano / Alessandra Pierattini – Recordare – Italy
Giacomo Cimini – The City In The Sky –Great Britain/Italy
Alberto Dell’Ara - La Seconda Famiglia - Italy
Riccardo Pugliese – Radio – USA/Italy
Paolo Sassanelli – War – Italy
Annarita Zambrano – A La Lune Montante – France
Corto Cortissimo in agreement with Circuito Off Venice Short Film Festival
Tzu Nyen Ho – Earth - Singapore