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La Biennale di Venezia – 71st Annual Venice International Film Festival
The 71st annual Venice film festival is officially underway. As the oldest major festival still running, Venice promises to deliver a diverse series of films. From Hollywood features made with large movie budgets to foreign films made with independent film budgets, festival goers are set to enjoy an impressive lineup.
When: 27th August > 6th September 2014
Where: Venice, Italy (Palazzo del Cinema, Sala Darsena, Palazzo del Casino, PalaBiennale, Hotel Excelsior, Movie Village, Piazzale del Casino, Terrazza Mediterranea, Bar Al Leone D’Oro, Piccole Procuratie)
(Click for a helpful map of all ten film festival locations)
The ten locations listed above include the four screening theaters, which range in size from 149 seats (Sala Casino) to 1,768 seats (PalaBiennale). Industry meetings – for professionals only – will take place at Casino and the Excelsior.
Whether you’re arriving by plane, train, boat or car, the official Venice Film Festival site has some suggestions you can find here.
As the official site puts it,
“The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.”
Here are just a few of the anticipated films being screened at the 71st annual Venice Film Festival.
Birdman | Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu of Mexico
The festival opener, starring Emma Stone and Edward Norton, has already been met with mixed reviews, sparking concerns that the festival lacks big names and headliners. Xan Brooks of the Guardian said of the movie, “an acid but empty flight of fancy.”
“The President” opened the Orizzonti – “An international competition dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema” – section of the festival. Jay Weissberg of Variety described the film as “didactic.”
The Humbling | Directed by Barry Levinson
“The Humbling,” starring Al Pacino and Kyra Sedgwick, is an adaptaion of Phillip Roth’s 2009 novel of the same name. The film was shot with a movie budget of around one million dollars.
Pasolini | Written & Directed by Abel Ferrara
This drama, starring Willem Dafoe and Maria de Medeiros, tells the story of legendary director Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Check out this list from the BBC – Venice Film Festival: The Ten Best Films to See
Tickets: Tickets are available online and at the box office. Prices vary, ranging from eight euros (Sala Darsena) to forty five euros (7:30 pm Stalls and Gallery at Sala Grande).
Juries: Awards will be decided by four international panels. These panels include: Venezia 71 consisting of nine judges (Tim Roth, Alexandre Desplat); Orizzonti consisting of seven judges (Ann Hui, David Chase); Opera Prima consisting of five judges (Alice Rohrwacher, Ron Mann); VENEZIA CLASSICI chosen by Giuliano Montaldo.