The line-up of of the 62nd Venice Film Festival was announced today. A decent mix this time round â€” festival director Marco Muller is, to quote Variety, "an Asian specialist" (that just sound naughty to us for some reason), and he’s picked Asian films to open (Tsui Hark‘s wuxia epic "Seven Swords") and close (Peter Chan’s "Perhaps Love") the fest this year.
Pupi Avati‘s "La seconda notte di nozze" (Italy)
JoÃ£o Botelho‘s "O Fatalista" (Portugal/France)
Roberto Faenza‘s "I giorni dellâ€™abbandono" (Italy)
Aleksey German Jr.‘s "Garpastum" (Russia)
Stanley Kwan‘s "Changhen ge" (China/Hong Kong)
Manoel de Oliveira‘s "Espelho magico" (Portugal)
Krzysztof Zanussi‘s "Persona non grata" (Poland/Russia/Italy)
Much promising stuff, particularly Garrel (who’ll be directing his son, Louis Garrel, for the first time); the Clooney film (his directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," had much potential, even if it wasn’t actually that great); the Park Chan-wook, yes; the Ferrera, who’s been in a sort of multi-decade funk, but who also managed to cast Juliette Binoche in this one; and of course Ang Lee’s gay cowboys in love excursion, which we’ve been dying to see since, like, forever.
Still unannounced retrospective programs include "The Secret History of Chinese Cinema," "The Secret History of Italian Cinema," and "The Secret History of Japanese Cinema." Among those in the "Horizons" sidebar: Matthew Barney‘s "Drawing Restraint 9," Werner Herzog‘s "The Wild Blue Yonder," and Liev Schreiber‘s Jonathan Safran Foer adaptation "Everything is Illuminated."
Tons of high profile world premieres among the Out of Competition screenings: the aforementioned "Seven Swords" and "Perhaps Love," Tim Burton‘s "The Corpse Bride," Cameron Crowe‘s "Elizabethtown," Lasse HallstrÃ¶m‘s "Cassanova" (with Heath Ledger), and Steven Soderbergh‘s "Bubble," the first of the super-cheap HD films he’s doing for Mark Cuban’s 2929 Entertainment. Not premieres but nevertheless big deals: Andrew Lau and Alan Mak‘s hit adaptation of the old-school anime "Initial D," Takashi Miike‘s kids movie "Yokai daisenso,".
Annnnnnnd… they’re giving Hayao Miyazaki the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
+ La Biennale di Venezia – Program (Official Site)