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VENICE 2017 Orizzonti

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Diving into new trends in world film in Venice's Orizzonti

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- The section of the Venice Film Festival dedicated to more experimental film is rich in surprises and confirmations

Diving into new trends in world film in Venice's Orizzonti
Cinderella the Cat by Alessandro Rak

19 films have been announced by director Alberto Barbera for Orizzonti, the section dedicated to new trends in world film of the Venice Film Festival (to be held on the Lido from 30 August to 9 September). Nico, 1988, directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli, is the opening film, as already announced this week, while Ugly Nasty People, the debut piece by Cosimo Gomez, will be the second of the four Italian films to be shown. The other three are Cinderella the Cat [+see also:
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, the second animated film by Alessandro Rak, whose debut film The Art of Happiness [+see also:
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interview: Alessandro Rak
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]
 was presented at the Critics' Week where it met with great success, going on to win other international awards, and La vita in comune by Edoardo Winspeare, set in the Apulian town in which the director lives, “a comedy that seems surreal but is rooted in everyday life in Salento", Barbera explains.

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The Cousin is instead one of the two Israeli films to be shown in Orizzonti, and its director, Tzahi Grad, is the writer of forty or so successful films. The second Israeli film being shown, on the other hand, co-produced by Austria, is a debut piece, The Testament by Amichai Greenberg. The French productions being showcased include Marvin, a drama by Luxembourgian actress-director Anne Fontaine (Gemma Bovery [+see also:
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), toplined by Isabelle HuppertEndangered Species [+see also:
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 by Gilles Bourdos, about three destinies that intertwine within the same family; Caniba by documentarians Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor; and Les Bienheureux by Algerian filmmaker Sofia Djama, which follows the life of a family after the end of the Algerian Civil War (a co-production with Belgium).

Then there’s German film Krieg by Rick Ostermann, a director who has already been selected for Orizzonti once before, with his debut piece WolfskinderLos versos del olvido is instead a story about desaparecido prisoners set in Chile but written by an Iranian director, Alireza Khatami, and based on a project developed in three different international workshops. The film is co-produced by France, Germany, the Netherlands and Chile. There’s also an Icelandic film in the mix, co-produced by Denmark, Poland and Germany, Under the Tree by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, "a paradoxical comedy lanced with nordic humour", says Barbera. One debut piece to watch out for, according to the director of the festival, is Australian film West of Sunshine by Jason Raftopoulos, while a film added by Barbera into the selection just in the nick of time is La nuit où j'ai nagé by French director Damien Manivel (awarded at Locarno) and Japanese director Kohei Igarashi: no words just images, 24 hours in the life of a child.

The films selected in the Orizzonti section:

Nico, 1988 - Susanna Nicchiarelli (Italy) (opening film)
Disappearance
 - Ali Asgari (Iran/Qatar)
Endangered Species [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 - Gilles Bourdos (France/Belgium)
The Rape of Recy Taylor - Nancy Buirski (United States)
Caniba - Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel (France)
Les Bienheureux - Sofia Djama (France/Belgium)
Marvin - Anne Fontaine (France)
Invisible - Pablo Giorgelli (Argentina/Brazil/Uruguay/Germany/France)
Ugly Nasty PeopleCosimo Gomez (Italy)
The Cousin - Tzahi Grad (Israel)
The Testament - Amichai Greenberg (Israel/Austria)
No Date, No Signature - Vahid Jalilvand (Iran)
Oblivion Verses - Alireza Khatami (France/Germany/Netherlands/Chile)
The Night I Swam - Damien Manivel, Igarashi Kohei (France/Japan)
Krieg - Rick Ostermann (Germany)
West of Sunshine - Jason Raftopoulos (Australia)
Cinderella the Cat [+see also:
trailer
interview: Alessandro Rak
film profile
]
 - Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarneri, Dario Sansone (Italy)
Under the Tree - Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson (Iceland/Denmark/Poland/Germany)
La vita in comune - Edoardo Winspeare (Italy)

(Translated from Italian)

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