The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section has unveiled its 12-title, largely European lineup including nine world preems.
Modeled on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, the seventh edition of Venice Days features works by name auteurs including Bosnian helmer Danis Tanovic, Gaul’s Bertrand Blier and Belgium’s Marion Hansel, alongside works by lesser-known filmmakers and four first works.
The only U.S. entry is ultra-indie comedy “The Happy Poet” by Austin helmer Paul Gordon, who also stars, about an out-of-work poet who opens an all-organic food stand. “Poet” world preemed to positive notices at the SXSW fest.
Artistic topper Giorgio Gosetti called this year’s selection as “uniqueness within a variety of genres.”
The opener is Blier’s dark comedy, “The Clink of Ice,” starring Jean Dujardin (“OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”) as an alcoholic writer. “Ice,” which is being sold by Wild Bunch, is making its international bow.
World preems include “The Life of Fish” by Chilean helmer Matias Bize (“In Bed”); Italian Antonio Capuano’s rape-themed drama “Dark Love”; Hansel’s “Black Ocean,” which turns on a French nuclear experiment on a Polynesian isle; and Canadian helmer Denis Villeneuve’s “Scorched,” about Canuck twins searching for their roots in the Middle East.
Tanovic delves into the roots of the Balkans conflict in “Cirkus Columbia,” about a man returning to his native Herzegovinian village. Pic opened the Sarajevo Film Festival on Friday.
First works are “Pequenas voces” by Colombian directorial duo Jairo Carrillo and Oscar Andrade, a toon about the consequences of Colombia’s civil war; and colonialism-themed drama “A Place in Between,” by French-born Sarah Bouyain, shot in Burkina Faso.
Gosetti expects to announce at least one more title in coming days.
This year Venice Days will screen the three finalists for the European Parliament’s Lux prize, which finances subtitles in 23 European languages and EU-wide distribution. They are Greek comedy “Akadimia Platonos” by Filippos Tsitos, German drama “Die Fremde” (When We Leave) by Feo Aladag and Gaul’s “Illegal” by Olivier Masset-Depasse.
VENICE DAYS LINEUP
• “Black Ocean,” Marion Hansel (Belgium, France, Germany)
• “Cielo Senza Terra,” Giovanni Davide Maderna, Sara Pozzoli (Italy)
• “Cirkus Columbia,” Danis Tanovic (Bosnia)
• “The Clink of Ice,” Bertrand Blier (France)
• “Dark Love,” Antonio Capuano (Italy)
• “Et in terra pax,” Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini (Italy)
• “The Happy Poet,” Paul Gordon (U.S.)
• “The Life of Fish,” Matias Bize (Chile)
• “Majority,” Seren Yuce (Turkey)
• “Pequenas Voces,” Jairo Carrillo, Oscar Andrade (Colombia)
• “The Place In-Between,” Sarah Bouyain (Burkina Faso, France)
• “Scorched,” Denis Villeneuve (Canada)
ITALIAN PORTRAITS AND LANDSCAPES
• “Life in the time of death,” Andrea Caccia (Italy)
• “Il Sangue Verde,” Andrea Segre (Italy)
• “Lisetta Carmi, un anima in cammino,” Andrea Segre (Italy)
• “Scena del crimine,” Walter Stokman (The Netherlands)
• “Hitler in Hollywood,” Frederic Sojcher (Belgium, France)
• “Capo dio monte,” Pappi Corsicato (Italy)
“La svolta, donne contro l’Ilva,” Valentina d’Amico (Italy)
• “Vomero travel,” Guido Lombardi (Italy)
• “Fate la storia senza di me,” Mirko Capozzoli (Italy)
• “E’ stato morto un ragazzo,” Filippo Vendemmiati (Italy)