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With A Record Eleven U.S. Titles, Venice Fest Sets 2005 Lineup
by Eugene Hernandez
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," screening at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. Photo provided by Focus Features.
The 2005 Venice Film Festival, which will open on August 31st with Tsui Hark's "Seven Swords," will offer a record eleven films from the United States in its lineup, according to festival director Marco Mueller. The fest head unveiled the roster for the 62nd Venice fest Thursday morning, alongside Venice Biennale president David Croff, at a press conference in Rome, Italy. The fest will close on September 10th with a screening of Peter Ho-sun Chan's "Perhaps Love."
Among the nineteen new films in competition this year include Laurent Cantet's "Vers Le Sud" with Charlotte Rampling, Patrice Chéreau's "Gabrielle" starring Isabelle Huppert, George Clooney's "Goodnight and Good Luck" starring David Strathairn, Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr, and Patricia Clarkson, Abel Ferrara's latest "Mary" starring Juliette Binoche, Matthew Modine and Forest Whitaker, Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm" starring Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Jonathan Pryce and Monica Bellucci, Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" with Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway, John Madden's "Proof" starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Gyllenhaal, and Anthony Hopkins, Fernando Meirelles' "The Constant Gardener" with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, and John Turturro's "Romance and Cigarettes" starring James Gandolfini, Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, and Christopher Walken.
This year, Mueller presents features in just three sections, explaining in a statement, "We have decided to render the programme more legible in order to avoid any confusion between different rich and complex sections." Documentaries are now included in the Orizzonti (Horizons) section.
18 films will screen out of competition this year, while a total of 18 features will be offered in the event's Horizons competition which highlights new trends in cinema. Among the Horizons titles are the debuts of Matthew Barney's "Drawing Restraint 9," Werner Herzog's "The Wild Blue Yonder," Live Schreiber's "Everything is Illuminated," and an out of competition showing of Isabel Coixet's "La Vida Secreta De Las Palabras," with Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins, Julie Christie and Javier Camara.
A special event set for this years festival will be a presentation of a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to acclaimed Japanese animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, as well as a selection of screenings.
Festival organizers, Venice Biennale president David Croff and festival director Marco Mueller. Photo provided by Venice Film Festival.
Lasse Hallstrom's "Casanova" will be presented as a special screening; the film was shot in Venice. In a statement, Mueller said, "It is the perfect film for a festive occasion; it is a fun, unrestrained work, like the classic Hollywood cloak-and-dagger films, but with a robust dose of modern, irreverent modernity."
Other sections of the festival include the Corto Cortissomo short film sidebar (yet to be announced), and a trio of special sections also to be announced. They will include "The Secret History of Italian Cinema," "The Secret History of Chinese Cinema," and "The Secret History of Japanese Cinema." And also included Other sections are the Critics' Week program and the "Giornate degli autori" - Venice Days section.
The feature lineups for the 2005 Venice Film Festival follow (information provided by the festival).
"La Seconda Notte di Nozze," directed by Pupi Avati (Italy)
"O Fatalista," directed by João Botelho (Portugal/France)
"Vers Le Sud," directed by Laurent Cantet (France/Canada)
"Gabrielle," directed by Patrice Chéreau (France/Italy)
"Goodnight and Good Luck," directed by George Clooney (USA)
"La Bestia Nel Cuore," directed by Cristina Comencini (Italy)
"I Giorni dell'Abbandono," directed by Roberto Faenza (Italy)
"Mary," directed by Abel Ferrara (Italy/USA)
"Les Amants Réguliers," directed by Philippe Garrel (France/Italy)
"Garpastum," directed by Aleksey German Jr (Russia)
"The Brothers Grimm," directed by Terry Gilliam, (UK)
"Changhen ge," directed by Stanley Kwan (China/Hong Kong)
"Brokeback Mountain," directed by Ang Lee (Canada)
"Proof," directed by John Madden (UK/USA)
"The Constant Gardener," directed by Fernando Mereilles (UK/Kenya/Germany)
"Espelho Magico," directed by Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal)
"Sympathy for Lady Vengeance," directed by Park Chan-wook (Korea)
"Romance and Cigarettes," directed by John Turturro (USA)
"Persona Non Grata," directed by Krysztof Zanussi (Poland/Russia/Italy)
OUT OF COMPETITION
"Fragile," directed by Jaime Balaguero (Spain)
"Backstage," directed by Emmanuelle Bercot (France)
"Corpse Bride," directed by Tim Burton and Mike Johnson (UK)
"Perhaps Love," directed by Peter Ho-sun Chan (China/Hong Kong)
"All the Invisible Children," directors Mehdi Charef, Emir Kusturica, Spike Lee, Kátia Lund, Jordan Scott, Ridley Scott, Stefano Veneruso, John Woo (Italy)
"Elizabethtown," directed by Cameron Crowe, (USA)
"The Exorcism of Emily Rose," directed by Scott Derrickson (USA)
"Edmond," directed by Stuart Gordon (USA)
"Casanova," directed by Lasse Hallstrom (USA)
"Cinderella Man," directed by Ron Howard (USA)
"The Fine Art of Love-Mine Haha," directed by John Irvin (Italy/Czech Republic/UK)
"Initial D," directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak (Hong Kong)
"Yokai Daisenso," directed by Takashi Miike (Japan)
"Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children," directed by Nomura Tetsuya (Japan)
"Le Parfum de la dame en noir," directed by Bruno Podalydes (France)
Photo provided by Venice Film Festival.
"Four Brothers," directed by John Singleton (USA)
"Bubble," directed by Steven Soderbergh (USA)
"Seven Swords," directed by Tsui Hark (China/Hong Kong)
"Drawing Restraint 9," directed by Matthew Barney (USA)
"Musikanten," directed by Franco Battiato (Italy)
"Pervye Na Lune" (documentary), directed by Aleksey Fedortchenko (Russia)
"Arido Movie," directed by Lirio Ferreira (Brazil)
"Workingman's Death" (documentary), directed by Michael Glawogger (Austria/Germany)
"Die Grösse Stille" (documentary), directed by Philip Groning (Germany)
"The Wild Blue Yonder" (documentary), directed by Werner Herzog (Germany/UK/France)
"Vokaldy Paralelder" (documentary), directed by Rustam Khamdamov (Kazakhistan)
"Yolda," directed by Erden Kiral (Turkey/Bulgaria)
"East of Paradise" (documentary), directed by Lech Kowalski (France)
"Hongyan" (Au fil de l'eau), directed by Li Yu (China/France)
"Carmen," directed by Jean-Pierre Limosin (France)
"Wuqiong dong," directed by Ning Ying (China)
"Texas," directed by Fausto Paravidino (Italy)
"Everything is Illuminated," directed by Liev Schreiber (USA)
"La Dignidad de los Nadies Armado" (documentary), directed by Fernando E. Solanas (Argentina)
Out of Competition
"La Vida Secreta De Las Palabras," directed by Isabel Coixet (Spain)
"Kill Gil," directed by Gil Rossellini (Italy)