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‘Superheroes’ debuts in Venice Days

Radtke pic follows child thief

ROME — U.S. helmer Ed Radtke’s new indie feature, “Superheroes,” will world preem at the Venice Film Festival’s Venice Days sidebar, which is otherwise heavy on European entries with a special accent on Italo pics this year.

Centered around a 13-year-old New York kid named Sammer who steals videocameras from tourists, “Superheroes” follows Radtke’s gritty 1999 drama “The Dream Catcher,” which won kudos on the international festival circuit.

“Superheroes” does not have a U.S. distributor at present.

Highlights of the 12 Venice Days world bows include Gallic helmer Emmanuel Mouret’s “Shall We Kiss?,” a followup to her well-received comedy of manners “Change of Address,” “Tricks” by Polish helmer Andrzej Jakimowsli (“Squint Your Eyes”), and Teutonic black comedy “Head Under Water” by Andreas Kleinart (“In the Name of Innocence”).

Leading an Italo trio is Sardinia-set political comedy “Sympathy for the Lobster,” by Sabina Guzzanti, whose scathing anti-Berlusconi docu “Viva Zapatero!” launched from Venice Days in 2005 before going to Sundance. Other two Italo titles are “Non Pensarci,” a generational comedy by young auteur Gianni Zanasi (“In the Thick of it”), and Salvatore Maira’s “Valzer,” billed as a 90-minute melodrama, all in a single take.

Entries in this non-competitive Venice sidebar are eligible for the Europa Cinemas Award, which provides distribution in the Europa Cinemas circuit.

The four-year-old section modeled on the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight is headed by Italo critic Fabio Ferzetti and run by Italian filmmakers’ org ANAC and producers’ trade body API.

The Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8. The Lido’s official selection lineup will be announced Thursday.

VENICE DAYS LINEUP

“Andalucia,” Alain Gomis (France/Spain)

“Cargo 200,” Alexy Balabanov (Russia)

“Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil,” Stephane Lafleur (Canada)

“Head Under Water,” Andreas Kleinert (Germany)

“Non Pensarci,” Gianni Zanasi (Italy)

“Plum Rain,” Frederic Fisbach (France)

“Sympathy for the Lobster,” Sabina Guzzanti (Italy)

“Sous les bombes,” Philippe Aractingi (France, U.K., Lebanon)

“Superheroes,” Ed Radtke (U.S.)

“Tricks,” Andrzej Jakimowski (Poland)

“Shall We Kiss?,” Emmanuel Mouret (France)

“Valzer,” Salvatore Maira (Italy)

“The Zone,” Rodrigo Pla (Spain/Mexico)

VENICE DAYS DOCUS

“Vita e opere di Luciano Bianciardi,” Massimo Coppola and Alberto Piccini (Italy)

“Born Without,” Eva Norvind (Mexico)

“Viaggio in corso nel cinema di Carlo Lizzani,” Francesca Del Sette (Italy)

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