Venice International Film Festival

The world’s oldest film festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will run this summer at Venice Lido from August 31 to September 10. As always, Venice film festival will promote all the various aspects of international contemporary cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and industry, as well. The Festival includes, as usual, retrospectives and homages to major figures of motion picture arts.

Looking ahead: 68th Venice International Film Festival
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Marco Müller is to direct the 68th edition. He has been heading the Venice Film Festival since 2004. American director Darren Aronofsky will be the president of the International Jury for the competition – officials stated Aronofsky is “a key figure of contemporary cinema”. Aronofsky’s film “The Wrestler” won Golden Lion back in 2008. Last year another american author was in the chair of Jury presidency – Quentin Tarantino; last summer his jury awarded top prize to “Somewhere” by Sofia Coppola. The official line-up of this year’s edition will be announced during the press conference in Rome at the end of July.

Venice Film Festival – announced contenders
It was announced the opening film of this year’s Venice film festival will be “The Ides of March” written and directed by George Clooney. Hollywood actor/director is also starring in this story about political web of corruption and deceit inside and around US presidential race. The cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling and Evan Rachel Wood. Clooney wrote the script upon stageplay by Beau Willimon. After critical acclaim for making “Good Night and Good Luck” (2005) and couple of Academy Award nominations, Clooney is back in filming a highly involved political story.

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Darren Aronofsky (with his Golden Lion) and George Clooney

Some highly interesting headings and names were already announced as a part of selection: world premieres of “A Dangerous Method” by David Cronenberg, his interpretation at the relationship between two fathers of contemporary psychology – Carl Jung and Siegmund Freud, and “Carnage” directed by Roman Polanski, starring Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster; the newest film by Todd Solondz called “Dark Horse” is one of those highly anticipated movies this summer (starring Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow); documentary about Pearl Jam called “PJ 20” by Cameron Crowe is another interesting title at this summer’s Venice festival.

Variety reports that movies submitted (not yet approved though) for Venice film festival include “Lady” directed by Luc Besson, the newest film by Alexander Payne “The Descendants”, Madonna’s “W.E.”; the latest projects by two Stevens – Spielberg and Soderbergh – will be also at the menu at Venice Lido this september. Walter Salles’s film “On the Road” is also announced, as well as Steve McQueen’s “Shame”.