Twelve films from around theworld will screen in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar of the Venice FilmFestival, including Christopher Boe's Allegro, Ticket to Jerusalemdirector Rashid Masharawi's Waiting (Attente), and Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee's C.R.A.Z.Y.
The secondedition of Venice Days, an independent sidebar run by Giorgio Gosetti, willfocus on "memory and cultural diversity."
It will kick offon September 1 with a special screening of French director Xavier Beauvois's LePetit Lieutenant, about a recruit who submits an application to a policestation in Paris and is suddenly immersed in its violent reality. The film,which is sold by Studio Canal, stars Nathalie Baye, Jalil Lespert andJacques Perrin.
Allegro, the second feature from Demark'sChristoffer Boe after the acclaimed Reconstruction, is a dramaticromance with a sci-fi twist sold by Celluloid Dreams.
Masharawi's Waiting,which is sold by Les Films du Losange, focuses on the tense Palestiniansituation.
C.R.A.Z.Y., a family saga set in Quebec from the1960s to the present day, is sold by Films Distribution.
Directors' Fortnight willalso feature Taiwanese director Wang Ming-tai's Falling'In Love,produced by Yu Ching Film Co. Set during New Year's Eve 2005, the film focuseson a boy's relationship with three women who will change his life. It is MingTai-wang's second film.
Also screening is GiadaColagrande's Italy-US co-production Before It Had a Name, a detective story that was co-written by and stars WillemDafoe. The film, which is Colagrande's second film after Aprimi il Cuore,is sold by Nu Image and will be presented as a special screening.
Eduardo Mignogna's ElViento, a co-production between Argentina and Spain, is sold by Sogecineand Sogepaq, and focuses on an old man who leaves Patagonia to establish rootsin Buenos Aires where his young grand-daughter lives.
Love, a Serbian-US co-production from Vladan Nikolic, isabout a rootless killer who wanders the streets of New York. It is sold byStark Sales.
Pasquale Scimeca's LaPassione di Giosue' L'Ebreo, sold by Adriana Chiesa Enterprises, is a historical drama set at the end of the 15thcentury, when a royal edict forced thousands of persecuted Jews to leave Spain.
Naboer, by Norway's Pal Sleutane, is a thrillerabout a man who suddenly finds himself living next to two strange girls. It issold by Nordisk Film International.
Also screeningis Ramin Bahrani's second feature, Man Push Cart. An Iranian-USco-production, the film, which is set in New York, explores the theme ofloneliness.
The line-up alsoincludes 13 - Tzameti, a French-Georgian co-production directed by GelaBabluani and sold by MK2; and Karim Ouelbaj's Belgian debut, Parabola,about desperate people without a homeland.
Closing film is Italiandirector Davide Marengo's debut, Craj-Domani, an homage to the music ofthe southern Italian region of Salento.