The tenth edition of Venice Days has announced its lineup of 12 films in the official selection, three special events, two shorts in Women’s Tales and two special screenings (pre-opening and closing night).
Venice Days is presided over by Roberto Barzanti and directed by Giorgio Gosetti.
ALIENATION by Milko Lazarov (Bulgaria), world premiere, first film
A dialogue-light contemporary fairytale about a lost generation, seen through a middle aged man crossing the border between Greece and Bulgaria, collecting a child for illegal adoption.
LA BELLE VIE by Jean Denizot (France) world premiere, first film
Based on the true story of a French father who takes his two sons on the run.
BETHLEHEM by Yuval Adler (Israel) world premiere, first film
A political thriller about an Israeli secret service officer and a Palestinian informant.
GERONTOPHILIA by Bruce LaBruce (Canada) world premiere
A modern romantic comedy about an 18 year old who bonds with an 82 year old.
KILL YOUR DARLINGS by John Krokidas (US) first film
Daniel Radcliffe leads the cast in this story of the beat poets before they were famous, living on the fringes of New York City’s bohemian scene.
KOKSUZ (NOBODY´S HOME) by Deniz Akçay Katıksız (Turkey) first film
A modern Turkish drama about people challenging traditional roles and seeking more freedom.
MAY IN THE SUMMER by Cherien Dabis (US/Qatar/Jordan)
The Amreeka director returns with this story about a dysfunctional family living between New York and Amman.
LA MIA CLASSE by Daniele Gaglianone (Italy) world premiere
Truth and fiction intermingle in this story of a class of immigrants learning Italian in Rome’s Pigneto neighborhood.
LA RECONSTRUCCION by Juan Taratugo (Argentina)
A loner, played by Diego Peretti, connects with an old friend and his family.
RIGOR MORTIS by Juno Mak (Hong Kong), world premiere, first film
A cult comic strip comes to the big screen, paying tribute to the Asian vampire films of the 1980s.
SIDDHARTH by Richie Mehta (India/Canada), world premiere
An almost neorealist India is presented in teh story of one man’s painful awakening when his son goes missing.
TRAITORS by Sean Gullette (Morocco/US) world premiere, first film
Pi actor Gullette makes his debut with this Tangier-set thriller about a young punk rock singer who works in a call centre by day.
THE DOOR by Ava DuVernay (Italy/US)
About the transformative power of the the bonds between women, but also a symbolic story about life changes.
LE DONNE DELLA VUCCIRIA by Hiam Abbass (Italy/France)
Acclaimed Palestinian actress/director Abbass filmed this short in Palermo.
JULIA by J. Jackie Baier (Germany-Lthiuania) World Premiere
A film about the life of a transexual in Berlin who was born in Lithuania.
VENEZIA SALVA by Serena Nono (Italy) world premiere
An adaptation of Simone Weil’s play about Spain’s failed attempt to conquer Venice in 1618.
LENNY COOKE by Benny Safdie, Joshua Safdie (US)
The shattered American dream of a talented basketball player. In joint presentation with the Tribeca Film Festival.
L´ARBITRO by Paolo Zucca, world premiere, first film (pre-opening)
A comedy about the rise and fall of a corrupt football referee.
TRES BODAS DE MAS by Javier Ruiz Caldera(Spain) world premiere (closing night film)
A comedy about a woman invited to three exes’ weddings in one month.
Venice runs Aug 28 to Sept 7.