July 29, 2008

Venice 08. Lineup.

Venice 08 As Wendy Mitchell reports for Screen, the Venice Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 65th edition. The fest opens on August 27 with Joel and Ethan Coen's Burn After Reading (screening Out of Competition) and runs through September 6.

Among the highlights reaped from a quick scan: New films by Darren Aronofsky, Hayao Miyazaki, Takeshi Kitano, Ferzan Ozpetek, Christian Petzold, Barbet Schroeder, Venice favorite Jia Zhangke, Abbas Kiarostami, Manoel de Oliveira, Agn├Ęs Varda, Ramin Bahrani, Lav Diaz and Ross McElwee.

Update, 7/30: For the Guardian, Jeremy Kay scans the lineup for signs of potential Oscar contenders.

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Posted by dwhudson at July 29, 2008 4:24 AM


It's good that Venice is appreciating Lav Diaz, with the world premiere of his "Melancholia." Oh, and Francis Pasion's "Jay," which I wrote about a week ago, is both hilarious and intriguing. Two films in the Horizons sidebar; I'm glad the Philippines is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

Posted by: Francis Cruz at July 29, 2008 5:34 PM