71st Venice International Film Festival

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71st Venice International Film Festival
VIFF 71 Poster.jpg
Festival poster
Opening film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Closing film The Golden Era
Location Venice, Italy
Founded 1932
Awards Golden LionA Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Silver Lion - Grand Jury Prize – The Look of Silence
Silver Lion - Best Director – The Postman's White Nights
Hosted by Luisa Ranieri
Festival date 27 August – 6 September 2014
Website Website

The 71st annual Venice International Film Festival took place in Venice, Italy between 27 August to 6 September 2014.[1] The Swedish film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence won the Golden Lion award. Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence won the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize.

American filmmakers Thelma Schoonmaker and Frederick Wiseman were the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement award.[2] French composer Alexandre Desplat was the head of the jury for the main competition section.[3]

Alejandro G. Iñárritu's film Birdman opened the festival.[4][5] Ann Hui's drama film The Golden Era served as the closing night film.[6] Italian actress Luisa Ranieri hosted the opening and closing nights of the festival.[7]

The festival poster paid tribute to François Truffaut, as it featured the character of Antoine Doinel portrayed by Jean-Pierre Léaud from Truffaut's 1959 drama film The 400 Blows.[8][9]


Main Competition[3]
Horizons (Orizzonti)[10]
Luigi De Laurentiis[11]

Official selection[edit]

In Competition[edit]

The following films were selected for the main competition:[12][13]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
99 Homes N/A Ramin Bahrani United States
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron Roy Andersson Sweden, Germany, Norway, France
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)[14] N/A Alejandro G. Iñárritu United States
Black Souls Anime nere Francesco Munzi Italy, France
Far from Men Loin des hommes David Oelhoffen France
Fires on the Plain Nobi Shinya Tsukamoto Japan
Good Kill N/A Andrew Niccol United States
Hungry Hearts Saverio Costanzo Italy
Leopardi Il giovane favoloso Mario Martone Italy
The Price of Fame La Rançon de la gloire Xavier Beauvois France, Belgium, Switzerland
Le Dernier Coup de marteau Le Dernier Coup de marteau Alix Delaporte France
Manglehorn N/A David Gordon Green United States
Pasolini Pasolini Abel Ferrara France, Belgium, Italy
Red Amnesia 闯入者 Wang Xiaoshuai China
Sivas Sivas Kaan Müjdeci Turkey
Tales قصه ها (Ghesse-ha) Rakhshan Bani-E'temad Iran
The Cut The Cut Fatih Akın Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Poland, Turkey
The Look of Silence Senyap Joshua Oppenheimer Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, UK
The Postman's White Nights Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna Andrei Konchalovsky Russia
Three Hearts 3 cœurs Benoît Jacquot France

Out of Competition[edit]

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[12][13]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Words with Gods N/A Guillermo Arriaga, Emir Kusturica, Amos Gitai, Mira Nair, Warwick Thornton, Hector Babenco, Bahman Ghobadi, Hideo Nakata, Alex de la Iglesia Mexico, United States
She's Funny That Way N/A Peter Bogdanovich United States
Dearest 親愛的 Peter Ho-sun Chan Hong Kong, China
Olive Kitteridge N/A Lisa Cholodenko United States
Burying the Ex N/A Joe Dante United States
Perez. Perez. Edoardo De Angelis Italy
La zuppa del demonio La zuppa del demonio Davide Ferrario Italy
The Sound and the Fury N/A James Franco United States
Tsili Tsili Amos Gitai Israel, Russia, Italy, France
The State-Mafia Pact La trattativa Sabina Guzzanti Italy
The Golden Era 黃金時代 Ann Hui China, Hong Kong
Revivre 화장 Im Kwon-taek South Korea
The Humbling N/A Barry Levinson United States
The Old Man of Belem O velho do restelo Manoel de Oliveira Portugal, France
Italy in a Day Un giorno da italiani Gabriele Salvatores Italy, UK
In the Basement Im Keller Ulrich Seidl Austria
The Boxtrolls N/A Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable United States
Nymphomaniac Volume II Nymphomaniac Volume I (Long Version) Director's Cut Lars Von Trier Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium


The following films were selected for the Horizons (Orizzonti) section:[3]

Feature films[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Theeb ذيب Naji Abu Nowar Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, United Kingdom
Line of Credit Kreditis Limiti Salome Alexi Georgia, Germany, France
Cymbeline N/A Michael Almereyda United States
Without Pity Senza nessuna pietà Michele Alhaique Italy
Near Death Experience NDE (Near Death Experience) Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern France
La vita oscena La vita oscena Renato De Maria Italy
Reality Réalité Quentin Dupieux France, Belgium
Goodnight Mommy Ich seh, Ich seh Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala Austria
Hill of Freedom 자유의 언덕 Hong Sangsoo South Korea
Bypass N/A Duane Hopkins United Kingdom
The President N/A Mohsen Makhmalbaf Georgia, France, United Kingdom, Germany
Jackie & Ryan N/A Ami Canaan Mann United States
Belluscone: A Sicilian Story Belluscone, una storia siciliana Franco Maresco Italy
Nabat Nabat Elchin Musaoglu Azerbaijan
Heaven Knows What N/A Josh Safdie, Ben Safdie United States, France
These Are the Rules Takva Su Pravila Ognjen Svilicic Croatia, France, Serbia, Macedonia
Court Court Chaitanya Tamhane India

Short films[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Bache La bambina Ali Asgari Italy, Iran
Ferdinand Knapp Ferdinand Knapp Andrea Baldini France
Mademoiselle Mademoiselle Guillaume Gouix France
Castillo y el Armado Castillo y el Armado Pedro Harres Brazil
Daily Bread Pat-Lehem Idan Hubel Israel
3/105 3/105 Avelina Prat, Diego Opazo Spain
Maryam Maryam Sidi Saleh Indonesia
Art Arta Adrian Sitaru Romania
Era Apocrypha N/A Brendan Sweeny United States
Great Heat 大暑 Chen Tao China
Cams Cams Carl-Johan Westregård Sweden
In Overtime Fi Al Waqt Al Dae'a Rami Yasin Jordan, Palestine

Out of Competition[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
On the Bride's Side Io sto con la sposa Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry Italy, Palestine
Lift You Up N/A Ramin Bahrani United States
L'attesa del maggio L'attesa del maggio Simone Massi Italy

Autonomous sections[edit]

International Critics’ Week[edit]

The following films were selected for the 29th Venice International Film Critics' Week:[15]

Feature films[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Dancing with Maria Dancing with Maria Ivan Gergolet Italy, Argentina, Slovenia
40-Love Terre battue Stéphane Demoustier France
The Council of Birds Zerrumpelt Herz Timm Kroger Germany
No One's Child Ничије дете (Ničije dete) Vuk Ršumović Serbia
The Coffin in the Mountain 殡棺 Xin Yukun China
Flapping in The Middle of Nowhere Đập cánh giữa không trung Nguyễn Hoàng Điệp Vietnam, France, Norway, Germany
Villa Touma Villa Touma Suha Arraf Israel, Germany[16][17][18][19][20]

Out of Competition (Special screening)[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Melbourne Melbourne Nima Javidi Iran
The Market Arance e Martello Diego Bianchi Italy

Venice Days[edit]

The following films were selected for the 11th edition of the Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori) section:[21]

Official selection[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
El Cinco El 5 de talleres Adrián Biniez Argentina, Uruguay
Return to Ithaca Retour à Ithaque Laurent Cantet France
Before I Disappear N/A Shawn Christensen United States
The Smell of Us The Smell of Us Larry Clark France
Messi Messi Álex de la Iglesia Spain
The Dinner I nostri ragazzi Ivano De Matteo Italy
Summer Nights Les nuits d'été Mario Fanfani France
Patria Patria Felice Farina Italy
The Farewell Party Mita Tova Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon Israel, Germany
Métamorphoses Métamorphoses Christophe Honoré France
Between 10 and 12 Tussen 10 en 12 Peter Hoogendoorn Netherlands
One on One 일대일 Kim Ki-duk South Korea
The Goob N/A Guy Myhill United Kingdom
Labour of Love Asha jaoar majhe Aditya Vikram Sengupta India
They Have Escaped He ovat paenneet JP Valkepää Finland, Netherlands

Special events[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
9x10 novanta 9x10 novanta Marco Bonfanti, Sara Fgaier, Claudio Giovannesi, Alina Marazzi, Pietro Marcello, Giovanni Piperno, Costanza Quatriglio, Paola Randi, Alice Rohrwacher, Roland Sejko Italy
The Show MAS Go On The Show MAS Go On Rä di Martino Italy
The Lack The Lack Masbedo Italy
Five Star N/A Keith Miller United States

Miu Miu Women’s Tales[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Spark and Light #7 Spark and Light So Yong Kim Italy, United States
Somebody #8 Somebody Miranda July Italy, United States

Premio Lux[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Class Enemy Razredni sovražnik Rok Biček Slovenia
Ida Ida Paweł Pawlikowski Poland, Denmark
Girlhood Bande de filles Céline Sciamma France

Venice Classics[edit]

The following films were selected to be screened in the Venice Classics section:[22]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Bride Gelin Lutfi Akad Turkey
Red Chairs, Parma and the Cinema Poltrone rosse, parma e il cinema Francesco Barilli Italy
China is Near La Cina è vicina Marco Bellocchio Italy
Mouchette Robert Bresson France
The Innocents Jack Clayton United Kingdom
Walking the Streets of Moscow Ya shagayu po Moskve Georgiy Daneliya Soviet Union
Umberto D. Vittorio De Sica Italy
The Iron Mask Allan Dwan United States
L'udienza Marco Ferreri Italy
No End Bez końca Krzysztof Kieślowski Poland
Without Pity Senza pietà Alberto Lattuada Italy
The Warrior Maciste alpino Luigi Maggi, Luigi Romano Borgnetto Italy
L'avventura di un soldato Nino Manfredi Italy
Guys and Dolls Joseph L. Mankiewicz United States
Altman Ron Mann Canada
The Man from Laramie Anthony Mann United States
Todo modo Elio Petri Italy
L'Amour existe Maurice Pialat France
The Tragedy of Macbeth Roman Polanski United Kingdom, United States
The Tales of Hoffmann Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger United Kingdom
A Special Day Una giornata particolare Ettore Scola Italy
Only She Knows Kanojo dake ga shitte iru Osamu Takahashi Japan
Stolen Kisses Baisers volés François Truffaut France
Flowers of Taipei – New Taiwan Cinema 光陰的故事 -台灣新電影 Hsieh Chin Lin Taiwan


The following awards were presented at the 71st edition:[23][24]

Official selection[edit]

In Competition
Special Awards
Horizons (Orizzonti)

Autonomous sections[edit]

29th Venice International Critics' Week[27][28]
Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori)[29][30][31][32]
Francesco Pasinetti Awards[33]
1st Akai International Film Festival[34]


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