Kossakovsky doc explores global poles
ROME — Pluriprized Russian documaker Victor Kossakovsky’s “Vivan las Antipodas!” will unspool on opening-day at the Venice Film Festival.The world preem of Kossakovsky’s long-gestating eclectic project on the theme of antipodes, set in four places in the world located precisely opposite each other, will screen out-of-competition on the Lido Aug. 31. Pic will unspool in the Lido’s Sala Grande as the fest’s second opening-night film. Produced by Heino Deckert, docu juxtaposes events in Argentina-China; Chile-Russia; Hawaii-Botswana; and New Zealand-Spain, creating “a poem about a multipolar world,” the helmer has said. Kossakovsky is among Russia’s most admired filmmakers and a highly influential documaker globally thanks to works including “The Belovs,” “Wednesday 17.7.1961,” and “Hush!” which have nabbed copious nods. The 68th edition of Venice will open Aug. 31 with George Clooney’s “The Ides of March” and run through Sept. 10. Fest lineup will be announced July 28.