Event mixes heavyweights, star power, lesser-knowns

This article was updated on Aug. 5, 2003.

ROME — Despite some notable absences, an impressive crop of Euro and Hollywood titles will grace the upcoming 60th Venice Film Festival.

Topper Moritz de Hadeln unveiled the official lineup Thursday in Rome. While he did not capitalize in full on the opportunities provided by this year’s underwhelming Cannes, the second-time Venice chief has assembled a rich assortment of goods by international heavyweights.

They include Bernardo Bertolucci, the Coen brothers and Michael Winterbottom, plus plenty of Hollywood star power and promising fare from lesser-known auteurs.

Yet the absence of several titles that had been considered locked into the Lido roster and may have been pulled — Jane Campion’s “In the Cut,” Wong Kar-wai’s “2046″ and Ingmar Bergman’s “Saraband” — suggest a last-minute scramble to fill key slots.

“The selection this year was especially difficult because of the extremely high number of submissions, more than 1,600 works — including shorts — 400 of which offered to us in the past two weeks,” the Venice chief lamented at a packed Rome press conference.

“Because of the many last-minute offerings some works will be showing in Venice in a not entirely completed form,” de Hadeln added.

Rough cuts

These include a not-final-cut copy of the Coens’ romantic comedy “Intolerable Cruelty,” starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones — both of whom are expected at the Lido. Universal pic will unspool out of competition.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Amores Perros” follow-up, “21 Grams,” will be shown with the sound not yet burned into the negative. The Mexican director’s English-lingo work is the only U.S. competition entry.

This Focus Features drama about three people whose destinies intersect after a car accident in Memphis stars Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts, all of whom are expected to make the trek.

Other English-language titles vying for a Golden Lion will be Winterbottom’s sci-fi romance “Code 46″ and Christopher Hampton’s “Imagining Argentina.” Columbia will be bringing Robert Rodriguez’s third pic in his “Mariachi” franchise, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” with Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp and Salma Hayek.

Italian films abound as always, this year with an accent on political themes. Besides Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers,” local fare will include vet auteur Marco Bellocchio’s “Buongiorno Notte” (Good Day, Night) about the 1978 assassination of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro. Paolo Benvenuti’s “Segreti di stato” (Secrets of State) depicts the cover-up of a CIA-ordered killing of communist militants in 1951 Sicily. Both are in competition.

After dominating Cannes — at least numerically — the French will be repped on the Lido with three titles in the main Venezia 60 competition: Bruno Dumont’s “Twentynine Palms,” Jacques Doillon’s “Raja” and Noemie Lvovsky’s “Les Sentiments.”

U.S. titles in the competitive Upstream section are Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation,” from Focus Features, and John Sayles’ “Casa de los Babys.”

Lionizing De Laurentiis

While de Hadeln said the jury is still being decided, he announced that a career Golden Lion will go to Dino De Laurentiis, the veteran Italian producer. Tributes also will be paid to Katharine Hepburn and Federico Fellini.

The festival will run Aug. 27- Sept. 6.

60th Venice Film Festival lineup

Films in Competition
“Buongiorno, notte,” Marco Bellocchio
“Segreti di Stato,” Paolo Benvenuti
“Le cerf-volant,” Randa Chahal Sabbag
“Raja,” Jacques Doillon
“Twentynine Palms,” Bruno Dumont
“Alila,” Amos Gitai
“21 Grams,” Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu
“Imagining Argentina,” Christopher Hampton
“Baram-Nan Gajok” (A Good Lawyer’s Wife), Im Sangsoo
“Sjaj u Ocima” (Loving Glances), Srdjan Karanovic
“Zatoichi,” Takeshi Kitano
“Pornografia” (Pornography), Jan Jakob Kolski
“Floating Landscape,” Carol Lai
“Les sentiments,” Noemie Lvovsky
“Un filme falado” (A Talking Picture), Manoel de Oliveira
“Rosenstrasse,” Margarethe von Trotta
“Ru San” (Goodbye Dragon Inn), Tsai Ming-liang
“Il Miracolo,” Edoardo Winspeare
“Code 46,” Michael Winterbottom
“Vosvrashchenie” (The Return), Andrey Zvyagintsev

Out of Competition
“Anything Else,” Woody Allen
“The Human Stain,” Robert Benton
“The Dreamers,” Bernardo Bertolucci
“Intolerable Cruelty,” Joel and Ethan Coen
“Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran,” Francois Dupeyron
“Le Divorce,” James Ivory
“Coffee and Cigarettes,” Jim Jarmusch
“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” Stephen Norrington
“Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” Robert Rodriguez
“Matchstick Men,” Ridley Scott

Upstream
In Competition
“Le soleil assassine,” Abdelkrim Bahloul
“Il ritorno di Cagliostro,” Daniele Cipri, Franco Maresco
“Lost in Translation,” Sofia Coppola
“Abar Arannye” (In the Forest … Again), Goutam Ghose
“Abjad,” Abolfazl Jalili
“Antenna,” Kumakiri Kazuyoshi
“De Fem Benspænd” (The Five Obstructions), Jorgen Leth, Lars von Trier
“Travellers and Magicians,” Khyentse Norbu
“Pitons” (The Python), Laila Pakalnina
“Silence Between Two Thoughts,” Babak Payami
“Last Life in the Universe,” Pen-ek Ratanaruang
“La quimera de los heroes,” Daniel Rosenfeld
“Une place parmi les vivants,” Raoul Ruiz
“Vodka Lemon,” Hiner Saleem
“Casa de los Babys,” John Sayles
“Schultze Gets the Blues,” Michael Schorr
“Liberi,” Gianluca Maria Tavarelli
“Camur” (Fango), Dervi Zaim

Shorts in competition
“Solitarie,” Thor Bekkavik
“Neon Eyes,” Thomas Gerhold and Markus Wambsganss
“Neft” (The Oil), Murad Ibragimbekov
“Hochbetrieb” (Nuts and Bolts), Andreas Krein
“El excusado,” Lorenza Manrique
“Ritterschlag” (Knight Games), Sven Martin
“Match,” Je Nassenstein
“From Where I’m Standing,” Annalise Patterson
“Ore 2 Calma piatta,” Marco Pontecorvo
“The Trumouse Show,” Julio Robledo
“Gods Kitchen,” Paki Smith
“Zippo,” Stefano Sollima

Shorts out of competition
“Destino,” Dominique Monfery
“Le lion volatil,” Agnes Varda

Special Event
“The Tulse Luper Suitcases — Episode 3: Antwerp,” Peter Greenaway

Side events
“L’acqua. . . il fuoco,” Luciano Emmer
“La luz prodigiosa,” Miguel Hermoso

Shorts
“Poem,” Carlos Armella
“Japan-Eno, “Stornmi # 3,” “Clessiquidre hz,” “China # 4,” “A..B..C..cletta,” “CoplanDesideri,” “Occhi di-visi Occhi di-versi,” Ermanno de Biagi
“Cocteau cento,” Dan Boord and Luis Valdovino
“The Time We Lost,” Tommaso Cammarano; “Lo stuoino di pietra” (Stone Welcome Mat), Gina Carducci
“Pequenas voces,” Eduardo Carrillo
“Ssst,” Pietro Durante and Lisa Ferlazzo-Natoli
“Structural Filmwaste. Dissolution,” Sigfried A. Fruhauf
“Ne dites pas à ma mère,” Sarah Moon Howe
“Libberato,” Davide Lombardi
“La spia che era in me Mario,” Mario Materia
“Prises de vues,” Sebastian Meise
“Relojes de arena” (Hourglasses), Jose Francisco Ortuno
“My McQueen,” Lourdes Portillo
“Racconti per l’isola,” Costanza Quatriglio
“Il grande anarca,” Alvise Renzini
“Fantasmi di voce . . . Antonio Stagnoli,” Elisabetta Sgarbi
“You Are Evil,” Louis Taylor
“Shen-zi” (Birthday), Wang nell Yen-Ni and Liu Jin-Yi
“The Affirmation of Jimmy Brown,” Robert Pasternak

Special projections
“La tivu di Fellini,” Federico Fellini
“Summertime” (aka “Summer Madness”), David Lean
“Cesare Zavattini,” Carlo Lizzani
“Le chien, le général et les oiseaux” Francis Nielsen
“Europabol Europaba” (From Europe Into Europe) Francis Nielsen

Special projections
“Marghera Canale Nord,” Andrea Bevilacqua, Andrea Segre, Francesco Cressati
“Performer, Marcel-li robot di carne,” Alberto D’Onofrio
“Fascisti su Marte (il film),” Corrado Guzzanti
“Breaking the Willow,” Yonfan
“Gulu,” Luca Zingaretti

International critics week
“Matru bhoomi Un paese senza donne,” Manish Jha
“Mr. Butterfly,” Mark Kim
“Ballo a tre passi,” Salvatore Mereu
“Ana y los otros Anna e gli altri,” Celina Murga
“Fifteen,” Royston Tan
“Twist,” Jacob Tierney
“Variete Francaise,” Frederic Videau
“Il piacere della follia” (Joy of Madness), Hana Makhmalbaf

Restored
“Barravento (Brasile, 1961/62),” Glauber Rocha

Golden Lion (career)
Dino De Laurentiis

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