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VENICE 2019 Giornate degli Autori

Dominik Moll, Jayro Bustamante and Jan Komasa to feature in Giornate degli Autori 2019

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- Comic book author Igort’s directorial debut is also among the 11 titles competing in the independent section of the Venice Film Festival, running 28 August to 7 September

Dominik Moll, Jayro Bustamante and Jan Komasa to feature in Giornate degli Autori 2019
Only the Animals by Dominik Moll

The 16th edition of Giornate degli Autori (28 August -7 September), the ever-vital independent section helmed by Giorgio Gosetti whose jury will this year be presided over by Andrea Purgatori for the very first time, and which will unspool alongside the 76th Venice Film Festival, will open with Only the Animals, an auteur mystery movie directed by Dominik Moll and starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, and will close with Time of the Untamed by the “horse king” himself Bartabas. Eleven films will feature in the competition (amongst which 4 first works), while 8 special events and 7 “Venetian Nights” are also planned. Eighteen nationalities will be represented in total, including countries such as the Sudan or Laos whose films are set to participate in the Festival for the first time ever.

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A return to spirituality and to ancestral roots, unyielding in the face of massification, is the common thread running through the various films in competition this year: from You Will Die at 20 by the newcomer Amjad Abu Alala, set in the present-day Sudanese region of El-Gezira and revolving around an unsettling death prophecy, to A Bigger World [+see also:
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by Fabienne Berthaud, taking the viewer on a journey of initiation through Mongolia following a great loss, and starring Cécile De France, by way of Jayro Bustamante’s The Weeping Woman [+see also:
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, in which the ancient myth of this very same Weeping Woman is brought back to life in the time of the Guatemalan civil war, and not forgetting The Long Walk by Mattie Do, a ghost story in the purest, most traditional Asian form, but which resonates loudly with the modern-day world.

A layman’s encounter with Catholic culture is the topic of Jan Komasa’s third film, Corpus Christi [+see also:
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, which sees twenty-year-old Daniel find his true spiritual calling – one which clashes drastically with his past - while imprisoned in a reformatory (all based on a true story). Meanwhile, two young boys find themselves caught up in a terrible accident and conflicting accounts of this accident abound in Dag Johan Haugerud’s Beware of Children [+see also:
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. For its part, the directorial debut of the comic book author Igort - 5 Is the Perfect Number [+see also:
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, adapted from his homonymous graphic novel – is arousing much curiosity, and there is no lack of comedy either, thanks to Arab Blues by Manele Labidi, featuring the Iranian star Golshifteh Farahani who sinks her teeth into a brilliant role (news). Next, we find the Japanese first work They Say Nothing Stays The Same by Jo Odagiri, and Philippino director Isabel Sandoval’s third film, Lingua Franca, the first American film written and directed by, but also starring a transgender immigrant.

Special screening events include My Brother Chases Dinosaurs [+see also:
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by Stefano Cipani, and the documentaries Scherza con i fanti by Gianfranco Pannone and Mondo Sexy [+see also:
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by Mario Sesti, as well as the usual Venice short films sidebar, Miu Miu Women’s Tales, directed this year by Hailey Gates and Lynne Ramsay.

As per usual, the films in the official selection will compete for the Europa Cinemas Label, the BNL-BNP Paribas Audience Award, the GdA Director’s Award assigned by the jury of the Giornate – which is itself made up of 28 Times Cinema participants (read our news) – as well as a host of other side awards and, for newcomers, the Future Lion.

The Giornate degli Autori selection 2019 is as follows:

Competition

Only the Animals - Dominik Moll (France/Germany)
You Will Die At 20 - Amjad Abu Alala (Sudan/France/Egypt/Germany/Norway)
A Bigger World [+see also:
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- Fabienne Berthaud (France/Belgium)
The Weeping Woman [+see also:
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- Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala/France)
The Long Walk - Mattie Do (Laos/Spain/Singapore)
Beware of Children [+see also:
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- Dag Johan Haugerud (Norway/Sweden)
5 Is the Perfect Number [+see also:
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– Igort (Italy/Belgium/France)
Corpus Christi [+see also:
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- Jan Komasa (Poland/France)
Arab Blues - Manele Labidi (Tunisia/France)
They Say Nothing Stays The Same (Aru Sendo No Hanashi) - Jo Odagiri (Japan)
Lingua Franca - Isabel Sandoval (US/Philippines)

Out of Competition

Time of the Untamed - Bartabas (France)

Miu Miu Women’s Tales

Shako Mako - Hailey Gates (Italy/US) (short film)
Brigitte - Lynne Ramsay (Italy/UK) (short film)

Special Events

My Brother Chases Dinosaurs [+see also:
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- Stefano Cipani (Italy/Spain)
House of Cardin - P David Ebersole, Todd Hughes (US)
Il prigioniero - Federico Olivetti (Italy) (short film)
Scherza con i fanti - Gianfranco Pannone (Italy)
Mondo Sexy [+see also:
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- Mario Sesti (Italy)
Burning Cane - Phillip Youmans (US)

Venetian Nights

La Legge degli Spazi Bianchi [+see also:
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- Mauro Caputo (Italy)
Emilio Vedova. Dalla parte del Naufragio [+see also:
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- Tomaso Pessina (Italy)
The Great Green Wall [+see also:
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- Jared P. Scott (UK)
Cercando Valentina - Giancarlo Soldi (Italy)
Sufficiente - Maddalena Stornaiuolo, Antonio Ruocco (Italy) (short film)

(Translated from Italian)

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