65th Venice International Film Festival

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65th Venice International Film Festival
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Festival poster
Opening filmBurn After Reading
LocationVenice, Italy
Founded1932
AwardsGolden Lion - The Wrestler
Hosted byKsenia Rappoport
Festival date27 August – 6 September 2008
WebsiteWebsite
Venice Film Festival chronology

The 65th annual Venice International Film Festival, held in Venice, Italy, was opened on 27 August 2008 by Burn After Reading,[1] and closed on 6 September 2008.[2] International competition jury, led by Wim Wenders, awarded Leone d'Oro to The Wrestler, directed by Darren Aronofsky.[2]

Most of the films at the festival were world premieres.[3] Featured in the 65th film festival was a restored version of Federico Fellini's 1952 comedy The White Sheik with forty minutes of newly discovered footage.[4] Films screened out of competition included 35 Rums by French director Claire Denis, Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami's film, Shirin and an autobiographical documentary by Belgium-born director Agnès Varda.[2] The record for the longest film at the festival went to Philippine director Lav Diaz's Melancholia, with a running time of approximately seven-and-a-half hours, and which is included in the Orizzonti (Horizons) section.[3]

65th Venice International Film Festival

77-year-old Italian film director Ermanno Olmi received a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.[5][6][7] The festival was dedicated to the late Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, who was notable for his contributions to post-war Arab cinema.[2] The festival's shorts competition began 1 September 2008 with Natalie Portman's directorial debut, Eve. Kseniya Rappoport will also hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.[8]

Juries[edit]

The international juries of the 65th Venice International Film Festival were composed as follows:[9]

Main Competition (Venezia 65)

Horizons (Orizzonti)

Opera Prima ("Luigi de Laurentiis" Award for a Debut Film)

Official selection[edit]

In competition[edit]

The competitive section of the official selection is an international competition of feature films in 35mm and digital HD format running for the Golden Lion[10][11]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Achilles and the Tortoise Akiresu to Kame Takeshi Kitano Japan
Birdwatchers La terra degli uomini rossi Marco Bechis Italy
The Burning Plain Guillermo Arriaga United States
Giovanna's Father Il papà di Giovanna Pupi Avati Italy
The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow United States
Inju: The Beast in the Shadow Inju, la bête dans l'ombre Barbet Schroeder France
Inland Gabbla Tariq Teguia Algeria, France
Jerichow Christian Petzold Germany
Milk Süt Semih Kaplanoglu Turkey, France, Germany
The Other One L’Autre Patrick Mario Bernard, Pierre Trividic France
Paper Soldier Bumazhnyy soldat Aleksei German Russia
A Perfect Day Un giorno perfetto Ferzan Özpetek Italy
Plastic City Dangkou Yu Lik-wai Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Japan
Ponyo Gake no Ue no Ponyo Hayao Miyazaki Japan
Rachel Getting Married Jonathan Demme United States
The Seed of Discord Il seme della discordia Pappi Corsicato Italy
The Sky Crawlers Sukai Kurora Mamoru Oshii Japan
Teza Haile Gerima Ethiopia, Germany, France
This Night Nuit de Chien Werner Schroeter France, Germany, Portugal
Vegas: Based on a True Story Amir Naderi United States
The Wrestler Darren Aronofsky USA, France
Highlighted title indicates the Golden Lion winner.

Out of competition[edit]

New works by directors who have been honored in past festivals, as well as movies shown in the midnight time band.[12]

Feature films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
35 Shots of Rum 35 Rhums Claire Denis France, Spain
The Beaches of Agnès Les Plages d'Agnes Agnès Varda France
Burn After Reading Joel and Ethan Coen United States
Cry Me a River (short) Heshang aiqing Jia Zhangke China, Spain, France
Embodiment of Evil Encarnação do Demônio Jose Mojica Marins Brazil
Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit Girara no Gyakushū: Tōyako Samitto Kiki Ippatsu Minoru Kawasaki Japan
Puccini and the Girl Puccini e la fanciulla Paolo Benvenuti Italy
Queens of Langkasuka Puen yai jom sa lad Nonzee Nimibutr Thailand
Shirin Abbas Kiarostami Iran
Vinyan Fabrice Du Welz France, UK, Belgium
Short films
Title Director(s) Production country
Do Visível ao Invisível (short segment from Mundo Invisível) Manoel de Oliveira Brazil, Portugal
Vicino al Colosseo c’è Monti (documentary, short) Mario Monicelli Italy
Special Event
Title Director(s) Production country
Yuppi du Adriano Celentano Italy
Events
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
N/A Bajo el signo de las sombras (1984 documentary) Ferrán Alberich Spain
Bicycle Thieves (1948) Ladri di biciclette Vittorio De Sica Italy
Cairo Station (1958) Bab el-hadid Youssef Chahine Egypt, France
Life in Shadows (1947) Vida en Sombras Lorenzo Llbobet Gracia Spain
Orfeus 9 (1975) Orfeo 9 Tito Schipa Jr. Italy
N/A La rabbia di Pasolini (2008, documentary) Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giuseppe Bertolucci Italy
Takadanobaba Duel (1937) Kettô Takadanobaba Masahiro Makino, Hiroshi Inagaki Japan
N/A Tutto è musica (1963 musical) Domenico Modugno Italy
Volare (1959) Nel blu dipinto di blu - Volare Piero Tellini Italy

Short film competition[edit]

The following films were selected for the Short film competition (Corto Cortissimo) section:[13]

In competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
1937 Giacomo Gatti Francesco Carrozzini USA, Italy, France
The Altruists De onbaatzuchtigen Koen Dejaegher Belgium
Ashes Engagement Noces de cendre Pierre Eden Simon Belgium
The Butcher’s Shop Philip Haas United States
Corpus/Corpus Christophe Loizillon France
The Dinner Vacsora Karchi Perlmann Hungary
Every Breath You Take Vdih (working title) Igor Sterk Slovenia
I Don't Dream in German Ich träume nicht auf Deutsch Ivana Lalovic Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina
I’m in Away from Here Catriona MacInnes United Kingdom
Land and Bread Tierra y Pan Carlos Armella Mexico
Lies Lögner Jonas Odell Sweden
Mine Wode Liu Hui China
Sand Zand Joost Van Ginkel Netherlands
The Second Coming Teine tulemine Tanel Toom Estonia
The Stars Don't Twinkle in Outer Space Peter Thwaites United Kingdom
Ten Dix Bif France, United Kingdom
We Who Stayed Behind Vi der blev tilbage Martin de Thurah Denmark
When I’m 20 Khi toi 20 Dang Di Phan Vietnam
Corto Cortissimo Events - Out of competition
Occasion Title Director(s) Production country
Opening film Eve Natalie Portman United States
Closing film Jarred Martin Gaiss United States
'Event' Alba Giorgia Farina Italy
'Event' Il colore della Bassa Giuseppe Morandi Italy
'Event' Un canto lontano Alberto Momo Italy
'Event' Managua Boxing Frediana Fornari Italy
Highlighted title indicates Lion for Best Short Film winner.

Horizons[edit]

The following films were selected for the Horizons (Orizzonti) section:[14]

Fiction
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The First Day of Winter Il primo giorno d’inverno Mirko Locatelli Italy
Goodbye Solo Ramin Bahrani United States
The Herb of the Rat A Erva do Rato Julio Bressane Brazil
I'm Gonna Explode Voy a explotar Gerardo Naranjo Mexico
Jay Francis Xavier Pasion Philippines
N/A Un lac Philippe Grandrieux France
Melancholia Lav Diaz Philippines
Pa-ra-da Marco Pontecorvo Italy, France, Romania
Parc Arnaud des Pallières France
Perfect Life Wanmei Shenhuo Emily Tang China, Hong Kong
Tedium Khastegi Bahman Motamedian Iran
Wild Field Dikoe pole Mikheil Kalatozishvili Russia
Zero Bridge Tariq Tapa India, United States
Documentaries
Title Director(s) Production country
Below Sea Level Gianfranco Rosi Italy, United States
L'Exil et le royaume Andreο Schtakleff, Jonathan Le Fourn France
Los Herederos Eugenio Polgovsky Mexico
In Paraguay Ross McElwee United States
Puisque nous sommes nés Jean-Pierre Duret, Andréa Santana France, Brazil
Women Huang Wenhai China, Switzerland
Z32 Avi Mograbi Israel, France
Horizons Events (documentaries)
Title Director(s) Production country
Antonioni su Antonioni Carlo Di Carlo Italy
La fabbrica dei tedeschi Mimmo Calopresti Italy
Soltanto un nome nei titoli di testa Daniele Di Biasio Italy
ThyssenKrupp Blues Pietro Balla, Monica Repetto Italy
Valentino: The Last Emperor Matt Tyrnauer United States
Venezia '68 Antonello Sarno, Steve Della Casa Italy
Verso Est Laura Angiulli Italy, Bosnia
Highlighted titles indicate the Horizons Awards for Best Film and Best Documentary respectively.

These Phantoms: Italian Cinema Rediscovered (1946-1975)[edit]

Retrospective screenings and restorations. Special monographic sessions dedicated to the "secret story of Italian cinema". This is the fifth part of the retrospective, initiated at the 61st edition of the festival.

Fiction
English title Original title Director(s) Release Year
Agostino Mauro Bolognini 1962
Arcana Giulio Questi 1972
The Basilisks (aka title) I basilischi Lina Wertmüller 1963
N/A La bella di Lodi Mario Missiroli 1963
City of Pain La città dolente Mario Bonnard 1949
The City Stands Trial Processo alla città Luigi Zampa 1952
Difficult Years Anni difficili Luigi Zampa 1948
The Doll That Took the Town La donna del giorno Francesco Maselli 1956
The Earth Cries Out Il grido della terra Duilio Coletti 1949
Fire! Fuoco! Gian Vittorio Baldi 1968
Flashback Raffaele Andreassi 1969
A Girl... and a Million La cuccagna Luciano Salce 1962
N/A Leoni al sole Vittorio Caprioli 1961
Letter at Dawn Una lettera all’alba Giorgio Bianchi 1948
A New World (aka title) Un monde nouveau Vittorio De Sica 1964
Oh, Grandmother's Dead Toh è Morta la Nonna Mario Monicelli 1969
Opiate '67 (aka title) I Mostri (with two unreleased segments) Dino Risi 1963
Our Lady of the Turks Nostra Signora dei Turchi Carmelo Bene 1968
Paris, My Love (aka title) Parigi o cara Vittorio Caprioli 1962
Pelle Viva Giuseppe Fina 1964
Revenge (aka title) Un uomo ritorna Max Neufeld 1946
The Sky Is Red Il cielo è rosso Claudio Gora 1950
Smog Franco Rossi 1963
Violent Life Una vita violenta Paolo Heusch, Brunello Rondi 1962
The White Sheik (with some unreleased scenes) Lo Sceicco Bianco Federico Fellini 1952
Documentaries and shorts
Title Director(s) Release Year
E il Casanova di Fellini? Gianfranco Angelucci, Liliana Betti 1975
Italia proibita Enzo Biagi 1963
La Forza e la Ragione (interview to Salvador Allende) Roberto Rossellini 1971
I misteri di Roma (Mysteries of Rome) (collective film) 1963
Provini per "Il padre selvaggio" (a series of auditions for a film never realized)[15] Pier Paolo Pasolini 1962
Spot Banca di Roma (commercial short) Federico Fellini 1992

Autonomous sections[edit]

Venice International Film Critics' Week[edit]

The following films were selected for the 23rd International Film Critics' Week:[16]

In competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The Apprentice L'apprenti Samuel Collardey France
Cucumber Huanggua / Qing gua Zhou Yaowu[17] China
Kabuli Kid Barmak Akram France, Afghanistan
Mid-August Lunch Pranzo di ferragosto Gianni Di Gregorio Italy
Nightguards Čuvari noći Namik Kabil[18] Bosnia
Sell Out! Yeo Joonhan[19] Malaysia
Two Lines Iki Çizgi' Selim Evci[20] Turkey
Special Events - Out of competition
Line-up Title Director(s) Production country
Opening film ''Cold Lunch (Lønsj) Eva Sørhaug Norway
Opening film Pinuccio Lovero - Sogno di una morte di mezza estate Pippo Mezzapesa[21] Italy
Highlighted title indicates the Lion Of The Future winner.

Venice Days[edit]

The following films were selected for the 5th edition of Venice Days (Giornate Degli Autori) autonomous section:[22][23]

In competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
One Day in a Life Un altro pianeta Stefano Tummolini Italy
Broken Lines Sallie Aprahamian United Kingdom
Machan Uberto Pasolini Sri Lanka, Italy, Germany
The Visitor Muukalainen Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää Finland
Nowhere Man (N)iemand Patrice Toye Belgium
Hooked Pescuit sportiv Adrian Sitaru Romania
Landscape No. 2 Pokrajina št. 2 Vinko Möderndorfer Slovenia
Scratch Rysa Michał Rosa Poland
A Week Alone Una semana solos Celina Murga Argentina
Stella Sylvie Verheyde France
The Country Teacher Venkovský učitel Bohdan Sláma Czech Republic
Portraits (documentaries)
Title Director(s) Country
Che saccio Camille d'Arcimoles Italy
Il passato è il mio bastone Flavia Mastrella, Antonio Rezza Italy
Villa degli Autori – Open Space
Title Director(s) Country
Adius Piero Ciampi e altre storie Ezio Alovisi Italy
Emilia Galotti: dal Settecento ad oggi Alessandro Berdini Italy
Lo stato d’eccezione Germano Maccioni Italy
Un paese diverso Silvio Soldini, Giorgio Garini Italy

Awards[edit]

Official selection[edit]

The following Official Awards were conferred at the 65th edition:

In Competition (Venezia 65)[24]

Horizons awards (Premi Orizzonti)[25]

Short Film awards (Corto Cortissimo Lion)[26]

  • Lion for Best Short Film: Tierra y Pan by Carlos Armella
    • Special Mention: Vacsora by Karchi Perlmann
  • U.I.P. Award for Best European Short: De onbaatzuchtigen by Koen Dejaegher

Autonomous sections[edit]

The following official and collateral awards were conferred to films of the autonomous sections:

Venice International Film Critics' Week

  • Best Film: The Apprentice (L'apprenti) by Samuel Collardey
  • Lion of the Future
Luigi De Laurentiis Award For a Debut Film: Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di ferragosto) by Gianni Di Gregorio
  • Isvema Award for a debut or second feature film: Mid-August Lunch by Gianni Di Gregorio
  • Doc/it Award – Special mention: The Apprentice by Samuel Collardey
  • "Altre Visioni" Award: Sell Out! by Yeo Joon Han
  • EIUC Human Rights Film Award: Kabuli Kid by Akram Barmak

Venice Days (Giornate Degli Autori)

  • Label Europa Cinemas Award: Machan by Uberto Pasolini
  • Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Special Awards: Stella by Sylvie Verheyde
  • FEDIC Award: Machan by Uberto Pasolini
  • Lina Mangiacapre Award: Stella by Sylvie Verheyde

Other collateral awards[edit]

The following collateral awards were conferred to films of the official selection:[27]

  • FIPRESCI Award[28]
    • Best Film (Main competition): Gabbla (Inland) by Tariq Teguia
    • Best Film (Out of competition): Goodbye Solo by Ramin Bahrani
  • SIGNIS Award: The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow
    • Special mention: Vegas: Based on a True Story by Amir Naderi & Teza by Haile Gerima
  • Francesco Pasinetti Award (SNGCI):
  • Doc/it Award – Sicilia Film Commission: Below Sea Level by Gianfranco Rosi
  • Leoncino d'oro Agiscuola Award: Giovanna's Father by Pupi Avati
  • Queer Lion: One Day in a Life (Un altro pianeta) by Stefano Tummolini
  • UNICEF Award: Teza by Haile Gerima
  • Art Cinema Award: Dikoe Pole (Wild Field) by Mikheil Kalatozishvili (Out of competition)
  • La Navicella – Venezia Cinema Award: The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow
  • C.I.C.T. UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award: BirdWatchers (La terra degli uomini rossi) by Marco Bechis
  • Biografilm Lancia Award:
    • Best Fiction Film: Rachel Getting Married by Jonathan Demme
    • Best Documentary: Below Sea Level by Gianfranco Rosi (Horizons)
  • Nazareno Taddei Award: Giovanna's Father by Pupi Avati
  • Don Gnocchi Award: Pa-ra-da by Marco Pontecorvo (Out of competition)
  • Future Film Festival Digital Award: The Sky Crawlers by Mamoru Oshii
    • Special mention: Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea) by Hayao Miyazaki
  • Brian Award: Khastegi by Bahman Motamedian (Horizons)
  • Lanterna Magica Award (Cgs): Pa-ra-da by Marco Pontecorvo (Out of competition)
  • CinemAvvenire, Best Film in Competition: Vegas: Based on a True Story by Amir Naderi
  • "The circle is not round. Cinema for peace and the richness of diversity" Award: Teza by Haile Gerima
  • Bastone Bianco Award (Filmcritica): Achilles and the Tortoise (Akires to kame) by Takeshi Kitano
  • Human Rights Film Network Award: The Hurt Locker by Kahryn Bigelow
  • Arca Cinemagiovani Award:
    • Best Film: The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow
    • Best Italian Film: Mid-August Lunch by Gianni Di Gregorio
  • Air For Film Fest Award: Pa-ra-da by Marco Pontecorvo
  • "Poveri ma belli" Award: Puccini e la fanciulla by Paolo Benvenuti (Out of competition)
  • Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award for a film which shows a firm connection with the arts: Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea) by Hayao Miyazaki
  • Open Award 2008: The Butcher's Shop by Philip Haas

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