The Venice Film Festival while unveiling its selections on Thursday in Rome for its 70th edition, announced one Indian title. Called Kush, it is a 20-minute short movie by Shubhashish Bhutiani.
To be screened in the Orizzonti/New Horizons section, Kush will along with the other entries here convey new trends in world cinema.
No Indian feature has made it to either the Orizzonti or Competition or Out of Competition. These are the Festival’s official categories.
An Indian entry, Siddharth, has been included in one of the Festival’s sidebars, Venice Days (Reported earlier).
Kush, starring Sonika Chopra, Shayaan Sameer and Anil Sharma, has been inspired by a true 1984 story revolving around the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by two of her Sikh bodyguards. During the anti-Sikh riots which broke out after this killing, the film shows the struggle of a schoolteacher to protect a Sikh student from murderous mobs.
Much like Kush, most of the movies which will be shown at Venice deal with the innumerable crises in the world today. As one writer put it, there may not be much scope for optimism at Venice this time.
The Festival will kick off with a space-adventure-gone-wrong story, Gravity, featuring two Hollywood stars, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. In 3D, the film has been helmed by Alfonso Cuaron (Yu Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban).
As Festival Director Alberto Barbera, who is piloting the 11-day event on the Venice Lido for the second year, announced the titles, it became apparent that themes harped on suffering, prostitution, paedophilia, homophobia, violence against women and fragmentation of the family.
As far as the lineup goes, both North American and British cinema have been well represented in Competition. James Franco’s Child of God, David Gordon Green’s Joe, Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, and Peter Landesman’s Parkland are among the American fare.
Stephen Frears’s Philomena, interpreted by Judi Dench, John Curran’s Tracks, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, and Christopher Waltz and Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin are part of the UK basket.
Italy’s offerings are Gianni Amelio’s L’Intrepido and Emma Dante’s debut, Via Castellana Bandiera.
France will show Philippe Garrel’s La Jalousie, along with a few co-productions with directors Amos Gitai (Ana Arabia from Israel), Merzak Allouache (Les Terrasses, Algeria), and Xavier Dolan (Tom à la Ferme, Canada).
There is, then, the Greek work, Miss Violence, by Alexandros Avranas and the German film by Philip Gröning, who returns with the harsh and rigorous Die Frau des Polizisten.
Taiwanese Master Tsai Ming-Liang’s last movie, Stray Dogs, will enrich Competition. Barbera described it as a “sum of all his cinema”.
Japan’s Hayao Miyazaki will present yet another of his animations, Kaze Tachinu, in Competition.
The Festival runs from August 28 to September 7.
Here is a full list of films:
Es-Stouh (The Rooftops), Merzak Allouache (Algeria-France)
L’intrepido Gianni Amelio (Italy)
Miss Violence, Alexandros Avranas (Greece)
Tracks, John Curran (U.K.-Australia)
Via Castellana Bandiera, Emma Dante (Italy-Switzerland-France)
Tom at the Farm, Xavier Dolan (Canada-France)
Child of God, James Franco (U.S.)
Philomena, Stephen Frears (U.K.)
La Jalousie, Philippe Garrel (France)
The Zero Theorem, Terry Gilliam (U.K.-U.S.)
Ana Arabia, Amos Gitai (Israel-France)
Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer (U.K.-U.S.)
Parkland, Peter Landesman (U.S.)
Joe, David Gordon Green (U.S.)
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Joe, David Gordon Green (U.S.)
Die Frau des Polizisten (The Police Officer’s Wife) Philip Groning (Germany)
Kaze tachinu, Hayao Miyazaki (Japan)
The Unknown Known: the Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld, Errol Morris (U.S.)
Night Moves, Kelly Reichardt (U.S.)
Sacro GRA, Gianfranco Rosi (Italy)
Stray Dogs (Jiaoyou), Tsai Ming-liang (Taiwan-France)
OUT OF COMPETITION:
Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Aramaki Shinji (Japan)
Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron (U.S.)
Moebius, Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
Locke, Steven Knight (U.K.)
Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven), Lee Sang-Il (Japan)
Wolf Creek 2, Greg McLean (Australia)
Die Andere Heimat — Chronik einer Sehnsucht (Home from Home — Chronicle of a Vision), Edgar Reitz (Germany)
The Canyons, Paul Schrader (U.S.)
Che strano chiamarsi Federico Scola racconta Fellini, Ettore Scola (Italy)
Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (Walesa. Man of Hope), Andrzej Wajda, Ewa Brodzka (Poland)
ORIZZONTI (NEW HORIZONS):
Je m’appelle Hmmm…, Agnes B. (France)
Bauyr (Little Brother), Serik Aprymov (Kazakhstan)
Il terzo tempo, Enrico Maria Artale (Italy)
Eastern Boys, Robin Campillo (France)
Palo Alto, Gia Coppola (U.S.)
Ruin, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody (Australia)
Mahi Va Gorbeh (Fish and Cat), Shahram Mokri (Iran)
Vi ar bast! (We Are the Best! ) Lukas Moodysson (Sweden-Denmark)
Wolfskinder (Wolfschildren), Rick Ostermann (Germany)
La vida despues, David Pablos (Mexico)
Algunas Chicas, Santiago Palavecino (Argentina)
Medeas, Andrea Pallaoro (U.S.-Italy)
Still Life, Uberto Pasolini (U.K.)
Piccola Patria, Alessandro Rossetto (Italy)
La prima neve, Andrea Segre (Italy)
Jigoku de naze warui (Why Don’t You Play in Hell? ), Sono Sion (Japan)
The Sacrament, Ti West (U.S.)
(Gautaman Bhaskaran will cover the 70th Venice Film Festival for the Hindustan Times.)