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VENICE 2018 Giornate degli Autori

Rithy Panh, Joachim Lafosse and Stefano Savona in the Giornate degli Autori

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- The 15th edition of the section that runs in parallel with the Mostra will unspool in Venice from 29 August-8 September, with 11 films in competition, special events & Jonas Carpignano as jury chair

Rithy Panh, Joachim Lafosse and Stefano Savona in the Giornate degli Autori
Continuer by Joachim Lafosse

A rich and varied “festival within the festival”, with screenings, special events, chats with the auteurs, and moments to reflect on creativity, the European identity and cinema itself. This is what is in store at the 15th edition of the Giornate degli Autori, the prestigious and lively independent section helmed by Giorgio Gosetti, which will unspool in parallel with the Venice Film Festival from 29 August-8 September 2018. 

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There are 11 films in competition, including feature debuts, sophomore works and titles by seasoned filmmakers, half of which are directed by women. Proceedings will get under way with Rithy Panh (a candidate for the Oscar in 2013 with The Missing Picture [+see also:
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) and his Cambodian-French co-production Graves Without a Name [+see also:
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, which uses the story of a man who goes off in search of the graves of his relatives wiped out by the Khmer Rouge to question the meaning of memory. Keep Going by Joachim Lafosse (Belgium-France) is a female-orientated western starring Virgine Efira, and is the first literary adaptation (of the novel of the same name by Laurent Mauvignier) for the director of Loving Without Reason [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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 and After Love [+see also:
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. France’s Claire Burger is making her debut as a “solo” director, following the award-winning Party Girl [+see also:
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, with Simply Love, the tale of the life of a man (played by Bouli Lanners) who, in the absence of his wife, must take care of their two crisis-riddled teenage daughters. Meanwhile, Italy’s Valerio Mieli is returning to Venice, following 2009’s Ten Winters [+see also:
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interview: Michele Riondino - actor
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, with Ricordi? [+see also:
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, a lengthy love story recounted through memories, and “a fantastic journey through each of our minds”, as described by general delegate Gosetti. The movie is toplined by Luca Marinelli.

Among the other European titles in competition, we should mention Austria’s Joy by Sudabeh Mortezai, a Nigerian woman’s journey to freedom after being forced into prostitution, and the French-Swiss feature debut P.E.A.R.L. by Elsa Amiel, set in the world of female bodybuilding. The Brazilian title Domingo [+see also:
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, co-produced by France, is a surreal tragicomedy co-directed by Clara Linhart and Fellipe Barbosa (Gabriel and the Mountain [+see also:
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), while a Belgian-Canadian film will bring the Giornate to a close, out of competition: Emma Peeters [+see also:
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by Nicole Palo, a comedy that adopts an original and ironic approach to dealing with the topic of the malaise that affects thirty-somethings. 

Standing out among the special events is the tribute to Germany’s Alexander Kluge, born in 1932, whose Happy Lamento, a movie that Gosetti brands as “surprising, astounding and juvenile”, will be presented as a world premiere, and then there will be Il bene mio by Italy’s Pippo Mezzapesa, the Cypriot title The Ghost of Peter Sellers by Peter Medak and the German production Why Are We Creative?, in which Hermann Vaske poses the titular question to artists, intellectuals, Nobel Prize winners and Oscar winners over a 30-year period. 

This year’s revelation, Stefano Savona, who was awarded at Cannes for his Samouni Road [+see also:
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, will liven up one of the “Notti veneziane” at the Villa degli Autori, which this year has been conceived as an informal space for dialogue and reflection with the auteurs, be it cinema-related or revolving around more personal stories. The Miu Miu Women’s Tales at this edition are directed by Dakota Fanning, making her directorial debut, and Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda [+see also:
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).

Lastly, we mustn’t neglect to mention that the 28 young Europeans selected as part of the 28 Times Cinema programme, organised in conjunction with Cineuropa, will be handing out the 2018 GdA Director’s Award. For the first time ever, this year’s jury will be chaired by an Italian director, Jonas Carpignano, who was his country’s candidate for the most recent edition of the Oscars with A Ciambra [+see also:
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Here is the complete list of films in the 2018 Giornate degli Autori: 

Competition 

Graves Without a Name [+see also:
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 - Rithy Panh (Cambodia/France)
Simply Love - Claire Burger (France)
Keep Going - Joachim Lafosse (Belgium/France)
Domingo [+see also:
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 - Clara LinhartFellipe Barbosa (Brazil/France)
Joy - Sudabeh Mortezai (Austria)
José - Li Cheng (Guatemala/USA)
Mafax - Bassam Jarbawi (Palestine/USA/Qatar)
P.E.A.R.L. - Elsa Amiel (France/Switzerland)
Ricordi? [+see also:
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 - Valerio Mieli (Italy/France)
Three Adventures of Brooke - Yuan Qing (China/Malaysia)
Ville Neuve - Felix Oufour-Laperrière (Canada)

Out of competition

Emma Peeters [+see also:
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 - Nicole Palo (Belgium/Canada)

Special events

As We Were Tuna - Francesco Zizola (USA/Italy)
Dead Women Walking - Hagar Ben-Asher (USA, in cooperation with the Tribeca Film Festival)
Goodbye Marilyn - Maria Di Razza (Italy)
Happy Lamento - Alexander Kluge (Germany)
Il bene mio - Pippo Mezzapesa (Italy)
The Ghost of Peter Sellers - Peter Medak (Cyprus)
Why Are We Creative? - Hermann Vaske (Germany) 

Notti veneziane

“Carte blanche for Stefano Savona” 

Il teatro al lavoro - Massimiliano Pacifico (Italy)
I villani - Daniele de Michele (Italy)
L’unica lezione - Peter Marcias (Italy)
One Ocean - Anne De Carbuccia (Italy) 

Miu Miu Women’s Tales

Hello Apartment - Dakota Fanning (Italy/USA)
The Wedding Singer’s Daughter - Haifaa Al-Mansour (Italy/USA)

(Translated from Italian)

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