66th Venice International Film Festival

venice66Venice announces its full line-up of films for its 66th edition of the Annual festival. The genre-y stuff sticks out for me, because this will be in most cases the first glance a raft of wacky and delayed sequels and films: BAD LIEUTENANT 2, REPOMAN 2, TETSUO 3, REC 2, THE ROAD, Joe Dante’s first in ages, THE HOLE, and another George Romero zombie movie. There are a raft of cinephile delights as well from Claire Denis, Fatih Akin, Giuseppe Tornatore, Jacques Rivette, Fruit Chan, Todd Solondz and Rintaro.

The 66th Venice International Film Festival will be held from 2 September to 12 September 2009. For those of you heading up to Toronto (Venice starts a bit before TIFF and overlaps for a few days), expect a lot of films to play both.



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


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


“Gulaal,” Anurag Kashyap (India)
“Dev D,” Anurag Kashyap (India)
“Brooklyn’s Finest,” Antoine Fuqua (U.S.)
“Delhi-6,” Rakeysh Omprakash (India)
“Valhalla Rising,” Nicolas Winding Refn (Denmark)


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