Demme damns Bush, praises Carter

Director launches 'Plains' in Venice

VENICE — Jonathan Demme’s Jimmy Carter docu “Man From Plains” world-preemed positively at the Venice Film Festival where Demme denounced George W. Bush while tub-thumping his intimate Carter portrayal, which goes out Stateside in October.

“As an American today, with George Bush as the president, we live in a country where our president is obsessed with war and how best to destroy your enemy,” blasted Demme at the Lido presser.

“Jimmy Carter as president — and since then — has instead made it very clear that he is man obsessed with peace,” he went on to say.

Well-received Demme docu screened on the Lido in Venice Horizons ahead of its Toronto bow, where Carter is expected to come give it a plug.

“Man” follows Carter as he crisscrosses the U.S. on a tour to promote his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” in which the former president tries to make a case for the Palestinian people.

Besides capturing Carter, Demme docu provides a window into political complexities of the Middle East.

“Jimmy Carter actually gives a cynic like me the possibility to believe in the prospect of peace. In this day and age, I think that’s obviously an extraordinary achievement,” said Demme.

Demme produced through his Clinica Estetico with Participant Productions, the company behind “An Inconvenient Truth.”

In Venice Demme also confirmed he will start shooting in two weeks in New York on “Dancing With Shiva,” an ensemble comedy produced by SPC starring Anne Hathaway, Bill Irwin, Anna Deveare Smith and Debra Winger, based on a screenplay by Jenny Lumet, Sidney’s daughter.

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