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66th Annual Venice Film Festival Line-Up Announced

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The Venice Film Festival has announced it’s 2009 line-up this week, showing off the films that will make-up it’s 66th annual fest. The significance of this announcement is in the fact that Venice, which takes place from September 2 to September 12, shares a lot of premieres with the Toronto Film Festival. And it takes place the week before, as Toronto doesn’t get underway until September 10th.

Audiences in Venice will be treated to the premieres of films such as Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Michael Moore’s financial crisis documentary Capitalism: A Love Story, Joe Dante’s The Hole, Steven Soderbergh’s espionage comedy The Informant and Grant Heslov’s The Men Who Stare at Goats before their potential Toronto debuts.

Also notable is the premiere of John Hillcoat’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Road, which is at the top of our watch-list. See below for a full listing of films for this year’s Venice Film Festival.

66TH ANNUAL VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP COMPETITION

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

OUT OF COMPETITION

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

MIDNIGHT MOVIES

  • “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)

GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 2009
JOHN LASSETER AND THE DISNEY/PIXAR DIRECTORS

  • “Toy Story 3-D” (New Version), John Lasseter (U.S.)
  • “Toy Story 2-D” (New Version), John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon (U.S.)

HORIZONS

  • “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)

HORIZONS EVENTS PROGRAM 1

  • “The Death of Pentheus,” Philip Haas (U.S.)
  • “Faces of Soul,” Gina Kim (U.S.)
  • “La Boheme,” Werner Herzog (U.K.)
  • “Mudanza,” Pere Portabella (Spain)

PROGRAM 2

  • “Deserto Rosa – Luigi Ghirri,” Elisabetta Sgarbi (Italy)
  • “Reading Book of Blockade,” Aleksander Sokurov (Russia)
  • “Armando Testa – Povero ma moderno,” Pappi Corsicato
  • “La Danse – Le Ballet de l’Opera de Paris,” Fredrick Wiseman (U.S.) (In collaboration with Dance Biennale)
  • “Hugo en Afrique,” Stefano Knuchel (Switzerland)
  • “Via della Croce,” Serena Nono (Italy)

CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO ­– (NEW ITALIAN CINEMA TRENDS SIDEBAR)

  • “Poeti,” Toni D’Angelo
  • “Negli occhi,” Francesco del Grosso
  • “Il compleanno,” Daniele Anzellotti, Marco Filiberti
  • “Dieci Inverni,” Valerio Mieli
  • “Cosmonauta,” Susanna Nicchiarelli
  • “Hollywood sul Tevere,” Marco Spagnoli
  • “Il Piccolo,” Maurizio Zaccaro

CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO EVENTS

  • “Giuseppe De Santis,” Carlo Lizzani

CONTROCAMPO/RETROSPECTIVE EVENTS

  • “Lola,” Giulio Questi
  • “Hotel Courbet,” Tinto Brass

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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