The Venice International Film Festival (August 29th - September 8th) has announced that it will dedicate a retrospective to the late Polish film director Andrzej Munk and to the little known cinema oeuvre of French critic Guy Debord.
The festival's tribute to Andrzej Munk, who first gained international recognition at Venice in 1955 with his documentary Blakitny Krzyz (The Blue Cross), will be the first full retrospective of the work of the director, best known for Eroica and Pasazerka. The tribute will also mark the anniversary of Munk's birth and death (1921-1961) .
"Through his films, Andrzej Munk accomplished one of the most significant passages from post-World War II cinema to the 1960s Nouvelle Vague movement and modern cinema," festival organizers said, citing the director's influence on other filmmakers: ranging from Roman Polanski to Kieslowski, Jean-Luc Godard and Jacques Rivette.
For the first time in decades, aficionados will also be able to view Guy Debord's oeuvre - three features and three short films - which the author himself had previously banned from public viewing. New prints of the films, which were made between 1952 and 1978, will be screened at Venice with the permission of the relatives of Debord, who committed suicide in 1994 at the age of 62.