An all-European Critics’ Week at Venice
by Camillo De Marco
- Seven out of the ten films that have been selected to be screened in and out of competition are European. Kicking things off will be the re-release of Orphans, with Capuano rounding things off
Today the programme for the 30th edition of the International Critics’ Week (SIC), a parallel and independent section of the Venice International Film Festival, which will be held from 2 to 12 September 2015, was unveiled in Rome.
Seven films, all of which will be enjoying their global premieres, will battle it out in competition, and three more will be shown out of competition, including the re-release of Orphans by Peter Mullan, which will open this year’s edition. The week will end with Italian film Bagnoli Jungle by Antonio Capuano.
"This year’s programme – stated the General Delegate Francesco Di Pace – is richer than ever and will include moments of celebration of our very own history, starting with the Special Prize for the Best Debut Film of the last 30 years, awarded by referendum of Italian critics to actor and director Peter Mullan, who revealed his talent to the world with his film Orphans in 1998 when it was screened in the programme of SIC, and went on to win the Golden Lion four years later for The Magdalene Sisters [+see also:
film profile]. Orphans will be screened on the opening day of SIC and will be attended by its writer".
Also celebratory in its own way is the closing event of this year’s edition. “In 1991, Critics’ Week was won by Antonio Capuano’s film Vito and the Others. 24 years on, Capuano returns to SIC with his latest piece of fiction, Bagnoli Jungle, the umpteenth example of his expressive freedom and courage".
Both the opening and closing film events hinge, not just casually, on certain common themes that are clear to see by looking at the films featured in the programme. "Families on rocky ground, teenage unease and parental conflict, generations that come to blows not only in private but in the political sphere too, disorientation caused by the economic crisis that triggers people to make radical choices in their lives. This year the seven films being shown in competition will be accompanied, in an unexpected turn of events, by another, pre-opening, film, a powerful piece lasting 4 hours and 40 minutes entitled Jia (The Family)".
Below is the complete list of films that will be shown in SIC:
Ana yurdu (Motherland) [+see also:
film profile] by Senem Tuzen (Turkey, Greece)
Banat (Il viaggio) [+see also:
film profile] by Adriano Valerio (Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia)
Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen) [+see also:
film profile] by Min Bahadur Bham (Nepal, France, Germany)
Light Years [+see also:
film profile] by Esther May Campbell (United Kingdom)
Montanha [+see also:
interview: João Salaviza
film profile] by João Salaviza (Portugal, France)
The Return by Green Zeng (Singapore)
Tanna by Martin Butler, Bentley Dean (Australia, Vanuatu)
Special events – out of competition
Jia (The Family)
by Liu Shumin (China, Australia)
Orphans by Peter Mullan (United Kingdom) Opening film
Bagnoli Jungle by Antonio Capuano (Italy) Closing film
(Translated from Italian)