‘Vacation’ opens Venice Horizons

'Medee Miracle' closes section

ROME — Japanese director Shinji Aoyama’s drama “Sad Vacation” and Italo helmer Tonino De Bernardi’s “Medee Miracle” will bookend the Venice Film Festival’s Horizons section, dedicated to cutting-edge cinema.

Lido bow will be the world preem of “Sad Vacation,” likely to unspool Aug. 29, though organizers said Tuesday that the date had not yet been definitively set.

Produced by Japanese boutique Style Jam, the latest pic from the specialist of Asian alienation and unease is a study of the dysfunctional ties between a mother and her two children. Aoyama’s previous works include “Eureka,” “Desert Moon” and “Lakeside Murder Case.”

Experimental helmer De Bernardi’s contempo adaptation of the Medea myth, “Medee Miracle,” toplines Isabelle Huppert, who also co-produced.

Also, unspooling in the Horizons Doc section will be “Death in the Land of Encantos,” a docu about Filipino poet Benjamin Agusan by Filipino auteur Lav Diaz (“Batang West Side”).

The Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8. Its complete lineup will be announced Thursday.

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