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Venice 2014

The Look of Silence
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"The Look of Silence" (Joshua Oppenheimer)

Venice, the world's oldest and most elegant film festival, reached the age of 71, this year. The Festival, attached to the Venice Biennale, contained 55 features, selected from no less than 1,700 submissions. The competition section of 20 films was augmented by a Critics Week, the experimental Orizzonti selection and an expanding European Market. Though it takes place on the Lido, many of the films are repeated in Venice itself and a large number of students are invited to join the gathering of international critics and ordinary members of the public. There are screening in seven auditoriums, including the famous Sala Grande. Venice is the last of the three major European festivals after Berlin in February, and Cannes in May. It has the reputation of fostering artistic rather than commercial films but still attracts well-known stars and directors from all over the world. For the past three years it has been directed by Alberto Barbera, who returned to Venice in 2012 after a ten-year absence (Derek Malcolm).

Venice (Italy, August 27 — September 6, 2014). Jury: Derek Malcolm, Great Britain, president ("The London Evening Standard"), Eva Peydró, Spain ( "El Hype"), Jon Asp, Sweden ("Aftonbladet"), Blagoja Kunovski, Macedonia ("MRTV"), Chiara Tognolotti, Italy ("Rifrazioni"), Sergio Di Giorgi, Italy ("www.cinecriticaweb.it"). Prize, International Competition: The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, UK, 2014). Print source: Final Cut for Real ApS (Forbindelsesvej 7, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark), Phn: +45 3543 6043, byrge@final-cut.dk. — Prize, Horizons / Critics Week: No One's Child (Nicije dete) by Vuk Ršumovic (Serbia, 2014, shown in the Critics Week). Print source: BaBoon Production (Splitska 6, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia), Phn: +381 11 3048720, cell: +381 64 1580806, office@baboonproduction.com.
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Reports

Jewels There Were. No one could say that this year's Venice Festival was a vintage affair. There were too few films of real stature and, long before the end of its program, there were many who wondered where the next good movie was coming from. Jewels there were, and most of them were prized by the international jury chaired by Alexandre Desplat. Derek Malcolm's report. arrow.
An Armenian Tragedy Western Style. Fatih Akin presented in the Official Selection of the Mostra de Venezia the film The Cut, the first historical one in his filmography. Eva Peydró's review. arrow.
A Hunting Party in the Middle of a Forest. Sergio Di Giorgi's reviews No One's Child (Ničije dete), the full-length debut film by Serbian director and screenwriter Vuk Ršumović (29th International Film Critics' Week) which won the 'RaroVideo Audience Award' for the best film alongside with FIPRESCI Award (as best film in this section and in the 'Orizzonti' official section). arrow.
The Using of Non-Professional Actors. To underline the meaning of my title, it was not difficult to make a choice from the three films I have chosen as examples. By Blagoja Kunovski's report. arrow.
When You Get Older It Is Often Hard to Change Style. With his fifth feature film, the final part of the "The Living Trilogy", Roy Andersson won the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival for A Pigeon Sat on Branch Reflecting on Existence (En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron). Jon Asp's impressions. arrow.
A Violent Life. After having explored the black soul of a mighty and ambiguous man in his Welcome to New York, overtly inspired by the Strauss-Kahn affair, Abel Ferrara tries to depict the figure of another complex and controversial character: Pier Paolo Pasolini poet, novelist, playwright,  essayist,  journalist as well as film director and, more than anything else, a prophet. Chiara Tognolotti's report. arrow.

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