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Announcing Venice, 2012

Venice unveils the lineup for its 69th film festival! Kitano, Assayas, Malick, and more...

The complete lineup for the 69th Venice Film Festival has been announced!  Despite rumors, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master will not be playing at the festival, but the slate remains just as exciting, with new entries from Assayas, Kitano, de Palma, Korine, Ramin Bahrani, and Kim Ki-Duk—plus Raúl Ruiz's second "last film" of the season (Lines of Wellington, completed by his widow and longtime editor Valeria Sarmiento) and the infamously meditative Terrence Malick's second feature in two years.

UPDATE 8/7/12: Just in: P.T. Anderson's The Master will indeed premiere at Venice!  As a late addition to the competition lineup, a 70mm print will be shown on September 1st.

In Competition

The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, US)

Something in the Air, Olivier Assayas (France)

At Any Price, Ramin Bahrani (US-UK)

Dormant Beauty, Marco Bellocchio (Italy)

La Cinquieme Saison, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth (Belgium-Netherlands-France)

Fill The Void, Rama Bursztyn and Yigal Bursztyn (Israel)

E' stato il figlio, Daniele Cipri (Italy)

Un Giorno Speciale, Francesca Comencini (Italy)

Passion, Brian De Palma (France-Germany)

Superstar, Xavier Giannoli (France-Belgium)

Pieta, Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)

Outrage: Beyond, Takeshi Kitano (Japan)

Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine (US)

To The Wonder, Terrence Malick (US)

Thy Womb, Brillante Mendoza (Philippines)

Lines of Wellington, Valeria Sarmiento (Portugal-France)

Paradise: Faith, Ulrich Seidl (Austria-France-Germany)

Betrayal, Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)


Out of Competition

L’homme qui rit, Jean-Pierre Ameris (France-Czech Republic)

Love Is All You Need, Susanne Bier (Denmark-Sweden)

Cherchez Hortense, Pascal Bonitzer (France)

Sur un fil…, Simon Brook (France, Italy)

O Gebo e a Sombra, Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal-France)

Enzo Avitabile Music Life, Jonathan Demme (Italy, US)

Tai Chi 0, Stephen Fung (China)

Lullaby To My Father, Amos Gitai (Israel-France-Switzerland)

Penance, Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan)

Bad 25, Spike Lee (US)

The Company You Keep, Robert Redford (US)

Shark (Bait 3D), Kimble Rendall (Australia, Singapore, China)

Disconnect, Henry-Alex Rubin (US)

Forgotten, Alex Schmidt (Germany)

The Iceman, Ariel Vromen (US)


Special Screenings

Anton’s Right Here, Lyubov Arkus (Russia)

It Was Better Tomorrow,  Hinde Boujemaa (Tunisia)

Clarisse, Liliana Cavani (Italy)

Sfiorando il muro, Silvia Giralucci and Luca Ricciardi (Italy)

Carmel, Amos Gitai (Israel-France-Italy)

El impenetrable, Daniele Incalcaterra and Fausta Quattrini (Argentina-France)

Witness: Libya, Michael Mann (US)

Medici con l’Africa, Carlo Mazzacurati (Italy)

Come voglio che sia il mio futuro? (Ermanno Olmi & Maurizio Zaccaro, Italy)

La nave dolce, Daniele Vicari (Italy-Albania)


Special Event

Convitto Falcone (Pasquale Scimeca, Italy)


Wadjda, Haifaa Al Mansour (Saudi Arabia-Germany)

The Paternal House, Kianoosh Ayari (Iran)

I Also Want It, Alexey Balabanov (Russia)

Gli Equilibristi, Ivano De Matteo (Italy-France)

L’intervallo, Leonardo Di Costanzo (Italy-Switzerland-Germany)

Winter of Discontent, Ibrahim El Batout (Egypt)

Tango Libre, Frederic Fonteyne (Belgium-France-Luxembourg)

The Cutoff Man, Idan Hubel (Israel)

Fly With The Crane, Li Ruijun (China)

A Hijacking, Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)

Leones, Jazmin Lopez (Argentina-France-Netherlands)

Bellas Mariposas, Salvatore Mereu (Italy)

Low Tide, Roberto Minervini (US-Italy-Belgium)

Boxing Day, Bernard Rose (UK-US)

Yema, Djamila Sahraoui (Algeria-France)

Araf - Somewhere In Between, Yesim Ustaoglu (Turkey-France-Germany)

The Millennial Rapture, Koji Wakamatsu (Japan)

Three Sisters, Wang Bing (France-Hong Kong-China)


International Film Critics' Week

Water, Nir Sa'ar, Maya Sarfaty, Mohammad Fuad, Yona Rozenkier, Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Bargouthi, Pini Tavger, and Tal Haring (Israel-Palestine-France)

Eat Sleep Die, Gabriela Pichler (Sweden)

The Ideal City, Luigi Lo Cascio (Italy)

Mold, Ali Aydin (Turkey-Germany)

A Month in Thailand, Paul Neogescu (Romania)

She Doesn't Want to Sleep Alone, Natalia Beristain (Mexico)

Welcome Home, Tom Heene (Belgium)

Lotus, Liu Shu (China)

Kiss of the Damned, Xan Cassavetes (US)

Watch Malick hit the wall with his new one. Prepare yourself. Because it’s not going to be pretty. It’s going to be a disaster. The other disaster waiting in the wings: Day-Lewis’ performance in Spielberg’s Lincoln. I’m telling you. You heard it hear first.
According to the latest news, the Iranian authorities are trying to put an obstacle against the screening of “paternal house” by refusing to issue a permit for its screening abroad. Film has been already denied a permit for nationwide screening since 2-3 years ago, when it was finished.
Mac: Who cares? Moving on… I’m curious if the new Wakamatsu is still a short (as he mentioned in his interview for his Mishima film) or if he expanded the film to feature length.
I’m interested to see DePalma’s Passion, but more interested to see Lee’s Bad. Just based on Tree of Life alone I’d avoid the Malick. Haven’t heard a thing about the Mann film. Surprised there’s no chatter here on Notebook.
What a beautiful line-up.
@ Nicole: Brief information on Wakmatsu’s film could be found here:
I wrote a little about The Millennial Rapture (or rather its source material) here. And it’s not a short—it’s 118 minutes. The other “short” Wakamatsu mentioned in that interview (Petrel Hotel Blue) isn’t a short either, so I assume something was lost in translation. Variety thinks there’s a reasonable chance The Master is the unannounced surprise title, though others aren’t convinced. Apparently they initially reported it as confirmed, but quickly withdrew that. All that’s known for sure is the surprise film won’t be Chinese.
Didn’t know Michael Mann came out with a new film. Can’t wait to see it and Kitano’s “Outrage: Beyond.”
At least there are women in competition, but it’s not exactly gushing with new blood. The other screenings outside its main award competition look exciting with a broader range of talent. When do we get our tickets and free accommodations?
Nor have I heard anything about this new Michael Mann movie. If you google “Witness: Libya movie,” this first hit is for Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection.
Witness: Libya is an episode from an HBO documentary series about photojournalists in war zones and other generally dangerous areas. Here’s a brief report from February.
Ramin and TFN, thank you for the additional information! Looks like a very interesting project, and I’m simply overjoyed that Wakamatsu is working with Shinobu Terajima again. The films I’m most interested in seem to be non-competition ones: the de Oliveira, Wang, Wakamatsu, Kurosawa, Demme. Although I am excited about the Bellocchio and the Seidl.
The festival has updated their listing for Witness: Libya to credit Abdallah Omeish as director. Mann is the executive producer.
Ultimately rooting for Thy Womb by Brillante Mendoza. Thank God his done doing “Poverty Porn”! Go Philippines, and also I’m rooting for Nora Aunor, she has to get what she deserves!!!!
I know this isn’t the Olympics, but just as a quick observation: Korine working with… Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens? Malick working with… Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams? Regardless of Spielberg’s dubious Lincoln, at the very least he picked a credible actor. Excluding PTA’s The Master, the US comes up sorely short in Venice this year, it seems. Really shitting the bed and making the rest of the world sleep in it. Ewwf.

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