ROME – The Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week will fete Scottish multihyphenate Peter Mullan with a special screening of “Orphans,” his 1998 directorial debut, selected as the best pic ever to screen at the independently run sidebar dedicated to first works, which celebrates its 30th edition this year.

Mullan is expected on the Lido September 3 to receive a nod and introduce a special screening of “Orphans,” which he also scripted.

The actor/director’s subsequent helming effort, “The Magdalene Sisters,” won the Venice Golden Lion in 2002.

“We are proud to be celebrating our 30th with Peter Mullan and his magnificent directorial debut ‘Orphans’,” enthused Venice Critics’ Week topper Francesco Di Pace in a statement.
“These have been thirty passionate years during which our section served as a launching pad for many auteurs who gained international acclaim.”

Besides “Orphans,” the five first works most voted as the section’s best by Italo crix comprise “Disorder” (1986) by French auteur Olivier Assayas; “Crane World” (1999) by Argentina’s Pablo Trapero; “Blame it on Voltaire,” (2000) by Tunisian/French multihyphenate Abdellatif Kechiche; and “The Girl by the Lake” by Italy’s Andrea Molaioli.

The 72nd Venice Film Festival will run September 2-12. The fest will announce its main lineup on July 29, while Critics’ Week will announce its lineup July 23.