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Sala Web announces line-up for the “virtual” Venice Film Festival

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- From 3-16 September, the fourth edition of Sala Web will screen selected titles in parallel with the 72nd Venice Film Festival

Sala Web announces line-up for the “virtual” Venice Film Festival
Madame Courage by Merzak Allouache

For the fourth time, Sala Web is offering the unique chance to view a selection of films from the 72nd Venice Film Festival, taking place from 2-12 September, online. Reaching out from the Lido to an audience stretching all across the globe, the line-up offers 15 world premieres: 12 feature films from the Orizzonti Competition and three features from the Biennale College.

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In parallel with the festival taking place in Venice, Sala Web will showcase these films in collaboration with Festival Scope in an online screening room. The screenings will be hosted by Festival Scope on behalf of the Venice Film Festival via a secure site, with digital tickets to the screenings being limited to 400 per film. 

Alongside strong female voices from Iran with Vahid Jalilvand’s Wednesday, May 9, the selection of Venice Sala Web includes films by established filmmakers such as Algerian director Merzak Allouache (The Rooftops [+see also:
trailer
interview: Merzak Allouache
film profile
]
, The Repentant [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Merzak Allouache
film profile
]
) with his entry Madame Courage [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
.

Developed and produced during the Biennale College – a higher-education workshop for micro-budget feature films by emerging filmmakers – three highly international and innovative debut features will also be included: those by Japanese director Kohki Hasei (Blanka [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Kohki Hasei
film profile
]
), American Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits) and Polish filmmaker Kuba Czekaj (Baby Bump [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Kuba Czekaj
film profile
]
).

The selection of the Orizzonti international competition, following up on the latest trends in international cinema, is as follows:

Orizzonti
Neon Bull
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil, Uruguay, the Netherlands)
Italian Gangster [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Renato De Maria (Italy)
Tharlo by Pema Tseden (China)
Pecore in erba [+see also:
trailer
interview: Alberto Caviglia
film profile
]
 by Alberto Caviglia (Italy)
Wednesday, May 9 by Vahid Jalilvand (Iran)
Madame Courage [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Merzak Allouache (Algeria, France, United Arab Emirates, Qatar)
Interruption [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Daphné Patakia
interview: Yorgos Zois
film profile
]
 by Yorgos Zois (Greece, France, Croatia)
Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Hadar Morag
film profile
]
 by Hadar Morag (Israel, France)
Mate-me por favor by Anita Rocha Da Silveira (Brazil, Argentina)
Tempête [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Samuel Collardey (France)
Interrogation by Vetri Maaran (India)
Free in Deed by Jake Mahaffy (USA, New Zealand)

The three further debut features taken from the Biennale College section are:

Biennale College - Cinema
Baby Bump [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Kuba Czekaj
film profile
]
 by Kuba Czekaj (Poland)
The Fits [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Anna Rose Holmer (USA)
Blanka [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Kohki Hasei
film profile
]
 by Kohki Hasei (Japan)

Tickets for the online screening can be bought in advance through Festival Scope for €4 per film or with a Festival Pass (five films for €10), as the box office has already opened. The films will be screened at 9 pm EST on the day of the screening at the Venice Film Festival and are available online, worldwide, for five days. 

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