66th Venice International Film Festival

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66th Venice International Film Festival
Festival poster
Location Venice, Italy
Founded 1932
Awards Golden LionLebanon
Silver LionWomen Without Men
Festival date 2 – 12 September 2009
Website Website
Venice Film Festival chronology

The 66th annual Venice International Film Festival held in Venice, Italy, was opened on 2 September 2009 by Baarìa - La porta del vento. International competition jury, led by Ang Lee, awarded Leone d'Oro to Lebanon.[1] The festival was closed on 12 September 2009, with Maria Grazia Cucinotta serving as the festival's hostess.[2][3]

Festival line-up[edit]

66th Venice International Film Festival
English title Original title Director(s) Country
Opener Baarìa - La porta del vento[4] Giuseppe Tornatore Italy
Closer Chengdu, I Love You Fruit Chan & Cui Jian China

Films in competition[edit]

The following 25 films competed for the Leone d'oro.[5]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Baarìa Baarìa - La porta del vento Giuseppe Tornatore Italy, France
Soul Kitchen Fatih Akın Germany, Turkey
The Double Hour La doppia ora Giuseppe Capotondi Italy
Persecution Persécution Patrice Chéreau France
Accident Yi ngoi Cheang Pou-Soi Hong Kong, China
The White Space Lo spazio bianco Francesca Comencini Italy
White Material Claire Denis France
Mr Nobody Jaco van Dormael Canada, Belgium, France
A Single Man Tom Ford United States
Lourdes Jessica Hausner Austria
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Werner Herzog United States
The Road John Hillcoat United States
Between Two Worlds Ahasin Wetei Vimukthi Jayasundara Sri Lanka
The Traveller El Mosafer Ahmed Maher Egypt
Lebanon Levanon Samuel Maoz Israel
Grandmother Lola Brillante Mendoza Philippines
Capitalism: A Love Story Michael Moore United States
Women Without Men Zanan-e bedun-e mardan Shirin Neshat Germany
The Big Dream Il grande sogno Michele Placido Italy, France
36 Views from the Pic Saint-Loup 36 vues du Pic Saint-Loup Jacques Rivette Italy, France
Survival of the Dead George A. Romero United States
Life During Wartime Todd Solondz United States
Tetsuo: The Bullet Man Tetsuo Project Shinya Tsukamoto Japan
Prince of Tears Lei wangzi(淚王子) Yonfan Taiwan
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Werner Herzog United States

Films out of competition[edit]

The following films were shown out of competition:

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Brooklyn's Finest Antoine Fuqua United States
Chengdu, I Love You Fruit Chan & Cui Jian China
Delhi-6 दिल्ली 6 Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra India
Dev.D Anurag Kashyap India
Gulaal गुलाल Anurag Kashyap India
L'oro di cuba Giuliano Montaldo Italy
Le ombre rosse Francesco Maselli Italy
Napoli Napoli Napoli Abel Ferrara Italy
Prove per una tragedia siciliana Roman Paska & John Turturro Italy
REC 2 Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza Spain
Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story Ehki ya shahrazade Yousry Nasrallah Egypt
South of the Border Oliver Stone United States
The Hole in 3D Joe Dante United States
The Informant! Steven Soderbergh United States
The Men Who Stare at Goats Grant Heslov United States
Toy Story 3D John Lasseter United States
Toy Story 2 3D John Lasseter, Ash Brannon & Lee Unkrich United States
Valhalla Rising Nicolas Winding Refn Denmark, United Kingdom
Yona Yona Penguin Yonayona pengin Rintaro Japan, France


The international juries of the 66th Venice International Film Festival were composed as follows:[6][7][8]

Official Competition Jury[edit]

Orizzonti / Horizons Jury[edit]

Premio Luigi De Laurentiis for Best Debut Feature Jury[edit]

Corto-Cortissimo jury[edit]


Venezia 66[edit]


  • Premio Orizzonti (Orizzonti prize): Engkwentro by Pepe Diokno (Philippines)
  • Premio Orizzonti awards for documentary film: 1428 by Haibin Du (China)
  • Special Mentions:
    • The Man's Woman and Other Stories by Amit Dutta (India)

Collateral Prizes[edit]


  1. ^ "Official Awards". la Biennale di Venezia. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "BBC News: Ang Lee to head Venice festival". BBC News. 27 February 2009. Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Cinema". la Biennale di Venezia. 18 August 2009. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "BBC News:Venice announces Italian opener". BBC News. 11 June 2009. Archived from the original on 14 June 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  5. ^ 66th Venice Film Festival Line Up
  6. ^ "66TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL – THE JURY". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Anurag Kashyap on Venice Film Festival jury". The Times Of India. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Venice jurors to include Gina Kim, Ramin Bahrani, Stuart Gordon". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 

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