Hana Makhmalbaf pic among additions
The Venice Film Festival has added four works to its official selection, including Angela Ismailos’ “Great Directors” about 10 contempo helmers, including Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater and John Sayles who will tubthump the documentary on the Lido.Doc is the first effort from New York-based Greek helmer Ismailos. It is joined by 21-year-old Hana Makhmalbaf’s “Green Days,” a docudrama with footage from the recent Iranian unrest. Makhmalbaf is the youngest member of the Iranian film family, which includes her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and her older sister Samira. Hana Makhmalbaf made her debut in 2003 in the Venice Critics’ Week at age 15 with “Joy of Madness,” a making-of of sister Samira’s Afghanistan-set “At Five in the Afternoon.” In “Green Days,” which will screen out-of-competition, the “camera works like a mirror to show you Iranian society undergoing a revolution with all its hopes and doubts,” the director said in a statement. The Lido’s other additions are helmer Joe Dante’s “The Movie Orgy — Ultimate Version,” a new 280-minute cut of Dante’s compilation tribute to the B-movies of the 1950s and 1960s; and Peter Greenaway’s 40-minute “The Marriage,” a high-tech rendition of “The Wedding at Cana,” painted in 1563 by Italian Renaissance master Paolo Veronese. “The Wedding” is part of an ongoing project in which the U.K. helmer is revisiting on film works by master painters. The Venice fest will run Sept. 2-12.