'Stories,' 'Inheritance' among selections
ROME — The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days, modeled on Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled its lineup of 10 pics, including nine world preems.Buzz titles by auteur and new discoveries at the ninth edition include Sarah Polley’s docu “Stories We Tell,” the Canadian multihyphenate’s exploration of the nature of memory and storytelling; quirky bereavement dramedy “Queen of Montreuil,” by France-based Icelandic helmer Solveig Anspach (“Back Soon”); and “Inheritance,” the helming debut of Palestinian actress Hiam Abbas (“Lemon Tree”). “Inheritance,” which features an all-star Arab cast including Hafsia Herzi (“The Secret of the Grain”) and Abbass, is about a Palestinian family whose internal conflicts mirror external warfare in the area. The strong Italian presence in Days includes Naples jail docu “Il Gemello,” by cinema verite specialist Vincenzo Marra (“Vento di terra”), and Stefano Mordini’s teen romancer “Acciao” (Steel). Venice Days artistic topper Giorgio Gosetti noted that this year the Lido is shaping up to have a prevalence of female helmers, spearheaded by the main competish opener, Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” In this spirit, Gosetti has pacted with Prada label Miu Miu on a small sidebar titled Women’s Tales that will feature shorts by Zoe Cassavetes, Lucretia Martel and Massy Tadjedin, among others. Venice Days will also screen the three finalists for the European Parliament’s Lux prize, which finances subtitles in 23 European languages and EU-wide distribution. They are Hungarian auteur Bence Fliegauf’s gritty “Just the Wind,” Italian helmer Andrea Segre’s lyrical “Shun Li and the Poet” and Portuguese helmer Miguel Gomes’ black-and-white “Tabu.” Go to Variety.com for the full list of Venice Days players.