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Venice 2009 / Competition


14 articles available in total starting from 30/06/2009. Last article published on 12/09/2009.

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Iran seen through women’s eyes in Women Without Men

Photographer and video artist Shirin Neshat is known in particular for her portraits of women covered in Persian calligraphy. Her directorial debut, Women Without Men, in competition at Venice, is...  

12/09/2009 | Venice 2009 | Competition/Germany-Austria-Fr

Van Dormael makes epic with Mr. Nobody

Van Dormael makes epic with Mr. Nobody

There’s a bit of everything in this epic film by Jaco Van Dormael, director of Toto the Hero and The Eighth Day. It draws on sci-fi fantasies of over 100 years of cinema, as well numerous films...  

12/09/2009 | Venice 2009 | Competition/France

Herzog splits himself in two

Director Marco Müller went against the usual rules (and was opposed by many) when he decided, for the first time “in the recent history of the Venice Film Festival,” according to the official...  

11/09/2009 | Venice 2009 | Competition | Germany

War seen from a tank in Lebanon

War seen from a tank in Lebanon

The deafening clangour of the cannon rotating in search of a target, the gunsight lens that changes and turns into our eye staring at death and "enemies" like silent silhouettes to be shot down in...  

11/09/2009 | Venice 2009 | Competition/Israel/France/Germany

The Double Hour, a love story disguised as a thriller

The Double Hour, the fourth and final Italian film in competition at the Venice Film Festival, centres on the love affair between former policeman Guido (Filippo Timi) and Slovenian waitress Sonia...  

11/09/2009 | Venice 2009 | Competition | Italy

Akin’s exhilarating comedy Soul Kitchen

Akin’s exhilarating comedy Soul Kitchen

The vitality of auteur cinema shines through in this film with a culturally-mixed cast, production team and narrative. The surprise of the 2009 Venice competition, Soul Kitchen, by Fatih Akin,...  

11/09/2009 | Venice 2009 | Competition/Germany

Comencini and The White Space of waiting

Comencini and The White Space of waiting

The "white space" is a place where nothing happens, a land of waiting and time of throbbing anguish. This is what 40-year-old Maria (Margherita Buy), who has given birth to a premature baby girl,...  

10/09/2009 | Venice 2009 | Competition | Italy

Placido and The Big Dream of ‘68

Placido and The Big Dream of ‘68

After years working in TV drama, Pietro Valsecchi and Camilla Nesbitt return to cinema with Michele Placido, having previously produced his debut film Pummarò and the successive Ordinary Hero. The...  

09/09/2009 | Venice 2009 | Competition | Italy

Rivette steps into the ring with 36 Views of Saint-Loup Peak

Rivette steps into the ring with 36 Views of Saint-Loup Peak

The circus as a metaphor for life: it’s not a particularly original idea, especially in cinema (explored in different ways by directors from Chaplin to Fellini). But it isn’t the image of a circus...  

07/09/2009 | Venice 2009 | Competition/France

Denis returns to Africa for White Material

Denis returns to Africa for White Material

In an example of festival paradoxes, last year, Claire Denis (a regular on the Lido) came to Venice with 35 Shots of Rum, which won great acclaim as one of her most accomplished films. Many, quite...  

06/09/2009 | Venice 2009 | Competition | France

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