VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2009: Official Lineup Announced

From the luxurious Westin Excelsior in sunny Rome comes news on la Mostra Internationale d’Arte Cinematografica, better known as the Venice Film Festival. Today the official lineup of this year’s edition, already number 66, has been announced by festival director Marco Müller, who noted “whoever wants to find out what is happening in cinema can come and find answers.”

Resulting in obvious questions: Is it any good? Any must sees? Big surprises? Read on below and find out!

VENEZIA 66 - IN COMPETITION
International competition of feature films, presented as world premieres
Baaria by Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy) - Opening Film
Soul Kitchen by Fatih Akin (Germany)
La Doppia Ora by Giuseppe Capotondi (Italy)
Accident by Cheang Pou-Soi (China-Hong Kong)
Persecution by Patrice Chereau (France)
Lo Spazio Bianco by Francesca Comencini (Italy)
White Material by Claire Denis (France)
Mr. Nobody by Jaco van Dormael (France)
A Single Man by Tom Ford (U.S.)
Lourdes by Jessica Hausner (Austria)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans by Werner Herzog (U.S.)
The Road by John Hillcoat (U.S.)
Between Two Worlds by Vimukthi Jayasundara (Sri Lanka)
The Traveller by Ahmed Maher (Egypt)
Lebanon by Samuel Maoz (Israel)
Capitalism: A Love Story by Michael Moore (U.S.)
Women Without Men by Shirin Neshat (Germany)
Il Grande Sogno by Michele Placido (Italy)
36 vues du Pic Saint Loup by Jacques Rivette (France)
Survival of the Dead by George Romero (U.S.)
Life During Wartime by Todd Solondz (U.S.)
Tetsuo The Bullet Man by Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)
Prince of Tears by Yonfan (Hong Kong)

OUT OF COMPETITION
Important works by directors already established in past editions of the Festival
REC 2 by Jaume Balaguero, Paco Plaza (Spain)
Chengdu, I Love You by Fruit Chan, Cui Jian (China) - Closing Film
The Hole by Joe Dante (U.S.)
The Men Who Stare at Goats by Grant Heslov (U.S.)
Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story by Yousry Nasrallah (Egypt)
Yona Yona Penguin by Rintaro (Japan)
The Informant! by Steven Soderbergh (U.S.)
Napoli Napoli Napoli by Abel Ferrara (Italy)
Anni Luce by Francesco Maselli (Italy)
L'oro di Cuba by Giuliano Montaldo (Italy)
Prove per una tragedia Siciliana by John Turturro, Roman Paska (Italy)
South of the Border by Oliver Stone (U.S.)

MIDNIGHT MOVIES
Gulaal by Anurag Kashyap (India)
Dev D by Anurag Kashyap (India)
Brooklyn's Finest by Antoine Fuqua (U.S.)
Delhi-6 by Rakeysh Omprakash (India)
Valhalla Rising by Nicolas Winding Refn (Denmark)

GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 2009: JOHN LASSETER AND THE DISNEY/PIXAR DIRECTORS
Toy Story 3-D (New Version) by John Lasseter (U.S.)
Toy Story 2 3-D (New Version) by John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon (U.S.)

ORRIZONTI / HORIZONS
The new trends in world cinema
Francesca by Bobby Paunescu (Romania) - Opening Film
One-Zero by Kamla Abou Zekri (Egypt)
Buried Secrets by Raja Amari (Tunisia)
Tender Parasites by Christian Becker and Oliver Schwabe (Germany)
Adrift by Bui Thac Chuyen (Vietnam)
Crush by Petr Buslov, Aleksei German Jr., Borisd Khlebnikov, Kirill Serebrennikov, Ivan Vrypayev (Russia)
Repo Chick by Alex Cox (U.S.)
Engkwentro by Pepe Diokno (Philippines)
The Man's Woman and Other Stories by Amit Dutta (India)
Paraiso by Hector Galvez (Peru)
Io sono l'amore by Luca Guadagnino (Italy)
Cow by Guan Hu (China)
Judge by Liu Jie (China)
Pepperminta by Pipilotti Rist (Switzerland)
Tris di donne e abiti nunziali by Martina Gedeck (Italy)
Insolacao by Daniela Thomas and Felipe Hirsch (Brazil)
1428 by Du Haibin (China)
I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You by Marcelo Gomes and Karim Ainouz (Brazil)
Once Upon A Time Proletarian: 12 Tales of a Country by Guo Xiaolu (China)
Villalobos by Romuald Karmakar (Germany)
Il colore delle parole by Marco Simon Puccioni (Italy)
The One All Alone by Frank Scheffer (The Netherlands)
Toto by Peter Schreiner (Austria)

HORIZONS EVENTS - PROGRAM 1
The Death of Pentheus by Philip Haas (U.S.)
Faces of Soul by Gina Kim (U.S.)
La Boheme by Werner Herzog (U.K.)
Mudanza by Pere Portabella (Spain)

HORIZONS EVENTS - PROGRAM 2
Deserto Rosa - Luigi Ghirri by Elisabetta Sgarbi (Italy)
Reading Book of Blockade by Aleksander Sokurov (Russia)
Armando Testa - Povero ma moderno by Pappi Corsicato
La Danse - Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris by Fredrick Wiseman (U.S.)
Hugo en Afrique by Stefano Knuchel (Switzerland)
Via della Croce by Serena Nono (Italy)

CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO
The new trends in Italian cinema
Poeti by Toni D'Angelo
Negli occhi by Francesco del Grosso
Il compleanno by Daniele Anzellotti, Marco Filiberti
Dieci Inverni by Valerio Mieli
Cosmonauta by Susanna Nicchiarelli
Hollywood sul Tevere by Marco Spagnoli
Il Piccolo by Maurizio Zaccaro

CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO EVENTS
Giuseppe De Santis by Carlo Lizzani

CONTROCAMPO / RETROSPECTIVE EVENTS
Lola by Giulio Questi
Hotel Courbet by Tinto Brass

The 66th edition of the Venice International Film Festival is to be held at the Venice Lido from 2 to 12 September 2009 with Twitch being there to cover it.

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