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VENICE 2016 Orizzonti

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Orizzonti: A showcase for budding directors

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- The line-up of the Venice section dedicated to new aesthetic and expressive trends has been unveiled

Orizzonti: A showcase for budding directors
The Fury of a Patient Man by Raul Arevalo

The line-up for the Orizzonti section of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival (31 August – 10 September), which was unveiled today by its director, Alberto Barbera, is made up of 19 feature films and 16 short films by auteurs from all over the world. The films chosen for this, the most experimental section of the festival, will be judged by a team headed up by French director Robert Guédiguian. Barbera himself pointed out that audiences will be able to see most of the films in the Orizzonti line-up online at the same time as they are screened in Venice, as a way of "casting the net wider for audience members through the internet".

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Italy is represented by I Was a Dreamer [+see also:
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interview: Michele Vannucci
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]
 by Michele Vannucci and Liberami [+see also:
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 by Federica Di Giacomo. A debut piece which was produced by Giovanni Pompili’s company Kino and is being sold by True ColoursI Was a Dreamer tells the story of Mirko, a 39-year-old criminal from Rome who is suddenly elected – almost unanimously and without his knowledge – as president of his local council. Life for Mirko changes drastically: no more drug dealing, no more violence, no more indifference. The cast features up-and-coming actor Alessandro Borghi (Don’t Be Bad [+see also:
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]
 and Suburra [+see also:
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interview: Stefano Sollima
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]
). Federica Di Giacomo instead brings us his third documentary, Liberami, about the return of exorcisms to the modern world: every year, more and more people blame their discontent on ‘possession’ in Italy, Europe, and all over the world. The Church has responded to this spiritual crisis by appointing an increasing number of priests as exorcists and organising training courses. 

Raúl Arévalo, who starred in To Steal from a Thief [+see also:
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interview: Daniel Calparsoro
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]
, brings us his directorial debut with The Fury of a Patient Man [+see also:
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interview: Raúl Arévalo
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]
, which was written with David Pulido. The cast features Antonio de la Torre (Marshland [+see also:
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interview: Alberto Rodríguez
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]
) and Luis Callejo (The Mule [+see also:
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). The film was produced by La Canica Films and Televisión Española (TVE), and is slated for release in Spain on 9 September, after being screened at Venice. 

Orizzonti will also feature a mockumentary with undertones of the absurd, King of the Belgians [+see also:
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interview: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Br…
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]
, the fourth feature film by Golden Lion winners (with their debut piece Khadak [+see also:
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interview: Jessica Woodworth
interview: Jessica Woodworth
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]
Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, who imagine King Nicolas III on a state visit to Istanbul when southern Belgium declares independence. The sovereign must return home straight away, but a geomagnetic storm shuts down the airports and all lines of communication. Thus begins an odyssey across the Balkans, during which the King discovers the real world along with himself. Starring Peter Van den BeginLucie Debay and Titus De Voogdt, the film was produced by Bo Films with Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium), Topkapi Films (the Netherlands), and Art Fest (Bulgaria).

This year Portuguese cinema is being represented at Venice by Marco Martins, a film that tells the story of an unemployed boxer who accepts a difficult job working in a debt-collection agency. The film stars Nuno Lopes, who previously worked with the director on Alice [+see also:
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interview: Marco Martins
interview: Nuno Lopes
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]
, alongside Beatriz Batarda, Mariana Nunes and Gonçalo Waddington, and a series of amateur actors. São Jorge [+see also:
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Q&A: Marco Martins
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]
, which was produced by Filmes do Tejo, is expected to be released in Portugal on 3 November.

Heal the Living [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
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 is the third feature film by Katell Quillévéré, following on from Love Like Poison [+see also:
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(which was screened in Directors’ Fortnight in 2010 and won the Jean Vigo Prize) and Suzanne [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
festival scope
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]
 (shown in Critics’ Week at Cannes in 2013). An adaptation of the book of the same name by Maylis de Kerangal, which was published in 2014, the film stars Anne Dorval and Emmanuelle Seigner. Produced by Les Films PelléasLes Films du Bélier and Belgian company Frakas Production and France 2 Cinéma, the film is slated for release in France for the beginning of November. 

Last but not least, European films featuring in the line-up include the dramatic The Eremites [+see also:
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 by Ronny Trocker, which was filmed on the Alps in South Tyrol and produced by Zischlermann Filmproduktion in co-production with Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Filmservices, and Home [+see also:
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, the fourth feature film by young Flemish director Fien Troch, who won the Arte International Prize at the TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event. Once again, Troch worked on this film with Antonino Lombardo of Prime Time, who produced her three previous films.

Orizzonti - Competition

The Fury of a Patient Man [+see also:
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interview: Raúl Arévalo
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]
 – Raúl Arévalo
 (Spain)
King of the Belgians [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Br…
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]
 – Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth
 (Belgium/Netherlands/Bulgaria)
Through The Wall – Rama Burshtein
 (Israel)
Liberami [+see also:
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trailer
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]
 (documentary) – Federica Di Giacomo
 (Italy/France)
Big Big World [+see also:
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 – Reha Erdem
 (Turkey)
Traces of Sin (Gukoroku) – Ishikawa Kei
 (Japan)
Shambles (Maudite Poutine) – Karl Lemieux
 (Canada)
São Jorge [+see also:
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trailer
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Q&A: Marco Martins
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]
 – Marco Martins
 (Portugal/France)
Dawson City: Frozen Time [+see also:
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]
 – Bill Morrison
 (US/France)
Heal the Living [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
film profile
]
 – Katell Quillevere
 (France/Belgium)
White Sun [+see also:
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 – Deepak Rauniyar (Nepal/US/Qatar/Netherlands)
Malaria – Parviz Shahbaz (Iran)
Kekszakallu – Gaston Solnicki (Argentina)
Home [+see also:
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]
 – Fien Troch (Belgium)
The Eremites [+see also:
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]
 – Ronny Trocker (Germany/Austria)
I Was a Dreamer [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Michele Vannucci
film profile
]
 – Michele Vannucci
 (Italy)
Boys In the Trees – Nicholas Verso
 (Australia)
Bitter Money – Wang Bing (Hong Kong/France)

Orizzonti - Out of Competition

Dark Night – Tim Sutton (US)

(Translated from Italian)

Home Sweet Home
 

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