Female gaze and experimentation: the Venice Days program
by Vittoria Scarpa
24/07/2012 - After the announcement of the opening film of The Venice International Film Festival (read the news) on Sunday, the program of the Venice Days was presented in Rome today. The autonomous section of the festival, now in its ninth edition, will take place from the 30th of August to the 8th of September, and confirms what seems to have become the leitmotiv of the 2012 Festival: a strong female presence.
First of all, the new project Women’s Tales which will take place during the first three days of the festival and will include projections and meetings centered around the dignity and struggles of women (one of the films programmed is Anglo-Italian coproduction The Powder Room by Zoe Cassavetes, the daughter of John); and above all the official selection which has a large contribution from female directors and feminine stories.
Starting with the directorial debut by Palestinian actress Hiam Abbas, the Franco-Israeli-Turkish coproduction Inheritance with the director and Hafsia Herzi (The Secret of the Grain [trailer]) as its protagonists, in a story of passion and resentment over the backdrop of the war in Lebanon. Also Queen of Montreuil by Icelandic director Solveig Anspach, a comedy produced in France whose protagonist is a worried widow, Keep Smiling (France/Georgia/Luxemburg) debut feature film by young director Rusudan Chokia about a group of women and the myth of television, and Blondie by Swedish director Jesper Ganslandt, a drama which revolves around a mother and her three daughters.
On the program for the Venice days, among others, the Franco-Belgian coproduction Kinshasa Kids by Marc-Henri Waknberg, a docufilm about children in Kinshasa who are abandoned by their families because they believe they are possessed by evil, and two Italian films: Il gemello, the long awaited return of Vincenzo Marra (L’ora di punta), a film-verité shot in the Secondigliano prison, and Acciaio by Stefano Mordini, with Michele RIonino and Vittoria Puccini based on the novel by Silvia Avallone.
A complete novelty this year is the independent section entitled Cinema Corsaro that will be the guests of the Giornate degli Autori from the 2nd to the 6th of September, and present exeperimental and avant-guard auteur films, between the borders of documentary and fiction: one of which being Corso Salani “Altrove”, images coming perhaps from one of the stars of the films that the Florentine actor-director should have shot before his death. One of the special events of the Venice Days is Bob Wilson’s Life and the Death of Marina Abramovic by Giada Colagrande, where the director documents the background of a unique event, and 6 sull’autobus. a collective film coordinated by Sergio Rubini and produced by the Silvio D’Amico National Academy for Dramatic Arts about the difficulties of beginning an acting career in Italy.
(Translated from Italian)