Venice days, best days

A program filled with authentic “goodies” for the 19th edition of the Giornate degli Autor
by Davide Carbone
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Abel Ferrara, Shia LaBeouf, Salvatore Mereu, Wissam Charaf, Steve Buscemi, Tessa Thompson, Stefania Sandrelli, Silvia D’Amico, Sébastien Lifshitz, Daniele Ciprì, Roberta Torre, Luigi Lo Cascio, Filippo Timi, Artavazd Pelešjan, Bob Odenkirk, Edgar Reitz.
The nineteenth edition of the Venice Days programme has it all: the chameleonic present, a past to celebrate, and the future to look forward to.

There will be ten films in the main competition, plus one for the closing night (Steve Buscemi’s The Listener) and five special events in world premiere. An off space, Notti Veneziane, is dedicated specifically to Italian filmmakers, with works by directors such as Roberta Torre and Daniele Gaglianone.
The most anticipated film is argua- bly Abel Ferrara’s Padre Pio, star- ring Shia LaBeouf, there’s no less impatience to meet a living legend of cinema like Edgar Reitz. Reitz’s Heimat 2 had been presented thirty years ago at the Venice Film Festival, and in the coming autumn, a restored version will be distributed in theatres. The Heimat cycle is an interesting chronicle, starting in the 1920s and ending in the 1980s, of the vicissitudes of a German family. The screening of Marcia su Roma by Irish director Mark Cousins is the opening event of the off-competition programme. Salvatore Mereu will present his Bentu, a story set in the director’s beloved homeland of Sardinia in the 1950s.
“We scouted and highlighted – explains Venice Days art director Gaia Furrer – films that tell stories of departure, of pain, of the world’s problems, and stories of friendship and complicity.” The programme will be full of surprises, like Steve Buscemi’s presence as a direc-
tor, or Bob Odenkirk’s (the Saul Goodman of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul) masterclass that will introduce Cecilia Miniucchi’s Worlds Apart.

XIX Giornate degli Autori
31 august-10 september

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