69th Venice International Film Festival

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69th Venice International Film Festival
69th Venice International Film Festival poster.jpg
Festival poster
Opening film The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Location Venice, Italy
Founded 1932
Awards Golden Lion - Pietà by Kim Ki-duk
Silver Lion - Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)
Hosted by Kasia Smutniak
Festival date 29 August – 8 September 2012
Website Website

The 69th annual Venice Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, took place at Venice Lido from 29 August to 8 September 2012.[1] The festival opened with the Indian director Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist.[2][3] Terrence Malick's film To the Wonder was met with both boos and cheers from critics at its premiere.[4]

The Golden Lion for Best Film was won by Pietà, directed by South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk.[5] Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master won the Silver Lion for Best Director. Israeli actress Hadas Yaron for her performance in Fill the Void was selected as the Best Actress in the festival.[5]

In Competition[edit]

The following eighteen films were selected for the main competition:[6][7]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Something in the Air Après mai Olivier Assayas France
At Any Price N/A Ramin Bahrani United States
The Master N/A Paul Thomas Anderson United States
Dormant Beauty Bella addormentata Marco Bellocchio France, Italy
The Fifth Season La cinquième saison Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth Belgium, Netherlands, France
Fill the Void Lemale et ha'halal Rama Burshtein Israel
It Was the Son È stato il figlio Daniele Cipri Italy
A Special Day Un giorno speciale Francesca Comencini Italy
Passion N/A Brian De Palma France, Germany
Superstar N/A Xavier Giannoli France, Belgium
Pietà 피에타 Kim Ki-duk South Korea
Outrage Beyond アウトレイジ ビヨンド Takeshi Kitano Japan
Spring Breakers N/A Harmony Korine United States
To the Wonder N/A Terrence Malick United States
Thy Womb Sinapupunan Brillante Mendoza Philippines
Lines of Wellington Linhas de Wellington Valeria Sarmiento Portugal, France
Paradise: Faith Paradies: Glaube Ulrich Seidl Austria, France, Germany
Betrayal Izmena Kirill Serebrennikov Russia

International Film Critics' Week[edit]

The following films were selected for the Critics' Week:[8]

In competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Eat Sleep Die Äta sova dö Gabriela Pichler Sweden
The Ideal City La città ideale Luigi Lo Cascio Italy
Mold Küf Ali Aydın Turkey and Germany
A Month in Thailand O luna in Thailandia Paul Negoescu Romania
She Doesn't Want to Sleep Alone No quiero dormir sola Natalia Beristain Mexico
Welcome Home Welcome Home Tom Heene Belgium
Lotus Xiao he Liu Shu China
Out of competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Water Water Nir Sa'ar, Maya Sarfaty, Mohammad Fuad, Yona Rozenkier, Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Bargouthi, Pini Tavger, Tal Haring Israel, Palestinian Territories and France
Kiss of the Damned Kiss of the Damned Xan Cassavetes United States

Venice Days[edit]

The following films were selected for the Venice Days section:[9]

In competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Inheritance Hiam Abbass France, Israel and Turkey
Queen of Montreuil Sólveig Anspach France
Keep Smiling Rusudan Chkonia France, Georgia and Luxembourg
Blondie Jesper Ganslandt Sweden
The Weight Jeon Kyu-hwan South Korea
Epilogue Amir Manor Israel
Il Gemello Vincenzo Marra Italy
Acciaio Stefano Mordini Italy
Stories We Tell Sarah Polley Canada
Kinshasa Kids Marc-Henri Wajnberg Belgium and France
Special events
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Bob Wilson's Life and Death of Marina Abramović Giada Colagrande Italy
Terramatta - Il Novecento Italiano di Vincenzo Rabito Analfabeta Siciliano Costanza Quatriglio Italy
L'uomo che amava il cinema Marco Segato Italy
Non Mi Avete Convinto Filippo Vendemmiati Italy
'6 sull'autobus Simone Dante Antonelli, Giacomo Bisordi, Rita de Donato, Irene di Lelio, Antonio Ligas and Emiliano Russo Italy
Fanteria Cavalleggeri Alessio Di Zio Italy[10]
Roberto Pellegrinaggio Alessio Di Zio Italy[11]
Appunti per un film su Rodolfo Valentino Alessio Di Zio Italy[12]


The international juries of the 69th Venice International Film Festival included:[13]


Venezia 69[edit]

The following prizes were awarded at the 69th edition:[14]

Controversy over Golden Lion[edit]

The jury led by filmmaker Michael Mann originally was to award the top Golden Lion prize to Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, along with the Silver Lion Best Director award and the Best Actor award.[15][16][17] However, because of festival's new rule prohibiting pairing the Golden Lion with any other prizes, the jury was asked "to re-deliberate to remove" one of the awards for The Master, and the Golden Lion was awarded to Kim Ki-duk's Pietà instead (thus the jury gave The Master as much recognition as possible).[15][17]


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  3. ^ "The Reluctant Fundamentalist opens Venice Film Festival". BBC News. 30 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Terrence Malick's To The Wonder confounds Venice press". BBC. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "South Korean film 'Pieta' wins Venice top prize". The Seattle Times (Venice). AP. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Venezia 69". labiennale. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Fewer stars to attend 69th Venice Film Festival". BBC. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Line-up 2012 unveiled!". sicvenezia.it. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Vivarelli, Nick. "Venice Days unveils lineup". Variety. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Venice Days - Fanteria Cavalleggeri". 2012. 
  11. ^ "Venice Days - Roberto Pellegrinaggio". 2013. 
  12. ^ "Venice Days - Appunti per un film su Rodolfo Valentino". 2012. 
  13. ^ Staff writer (13 July 2012). "Venice 2012: President Mann's eight jurors". cineuropa.org. Cineuropa. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Official Awards of the 69th Venice Film Festival". labiennale. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  15. ^ a b Belloni, Matthew (2012-09-08). "Venice Film Festival Jury Yanks Top Prize from 'The Master' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  16. ^ Rosen, Christopher (2012-09-08). "'The Master' Venice Film Festival Controversy: P.T. Anderson Film Loses Award On Technicality". The Huffington Post. 
  17. ^ a b Whipp, Glenn (2012-09-08). "'The Master' wins big at Venice ... and it could have been bigger". The Los Angeles Times. 

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