The award ceremony will take place before the screening of the Netflix film Our Souls at Night, entered in the Out of Competition category and directed by Ritesh Batra, starring both the actors and being produced by Redford’s company Wildwood Enterprises, Inc.
With more than 50 years of acting, both Jane Fonda and Robert Redford have been part of the history of American cinema and culture. Despite their age, they still have that same talent that made them famous. A lifetime career in cinema and also a lifetime friendship has been a solid part of their life, putting them together in four films.
One of these four films will be presented for the category Special Screenings at the Venice Film Festival. The Electric Horseman, directed by Sydney Pollack and produced by Robert Redford, will be screened in its original version, with Italian subtitles, on August 31st in Sala Volpi at 5:30 pm.
For this jury, the personalities called to be part of the Festival, besides the American actress and president Annette Bening, are:
Ildikó Enyedi, Hungarian director and screenwriter well known for her My 20th Century, which made her win the Golden Camera in 1989 at the Cannes Film Festival She lately won the Golden Bear with her last film On Body and Soul at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.
Michel Franco, director, producer and screenwriter.
He was born and lived in Mexico, he is the author of five full-length films, four of these entered in Cannes. He produced Desde allá (From afar) by Lorenzo Vigas, which won the Golden Lion of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in 2015.
British actress Rebecca Hall;
Flying between the UK and the USA, she has worked with many great directors, such as Christopher Nolan, Woody Allen, thanks to who she was a nominee for the Golden Globe for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. With her last film Christine she received many international awards and approval from the critics.
Actress Anna Mouglalis, iconic face of the French art cinema.
When she was younger, she appears in La captive by Chantal Akerman in 2000. She is in the cast of Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, directed by Joann Sfarr in 2010.
Anglo-Australian film critic David Stratton, who directed the Sydney Film Festival for almost twenty years and has been part of many juries, including Venice, Cannes and Berlin. He was also a collaborator of Variety for 20 years; he conduced and produced many TV shows about cinema.
Actress Jasmine Trinca, one of the most important performers in Italy. In 2017 she won the Un Certain Regard for Fortunata as Best Actress.
British director, screenwriter Edgar Wright; he is famous for the Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy, consisting in comedy films. At the moment, he is in the theatres with Baby Driver, which will be in Italy from the 7th September.
Director, producer, screenwriter Yonfan;
lived in Taiwan and at the moment is in Hong Kong, he produced and directed all of his thirteen films.
The awards are: Golden Lion (for the best film), Silver Lion – Gran Premio della Giuria, Silver Lion – Best Director, Coppa Volpi – Best Male/Female Performance, Best Script Award, Special Award of the Jury, Marcello Mastroianni – for young, emerging actors/actresses.
The jury members for Orizzonti are:
Italian director Gianni Amelio, who is the president of the jury. He has his debut in 1982 with Colpire al Cuore and won the Golden Lion in 1998 with Così Ridevano. This year he won the Nastro D’Argento Prize for Best Film with La Tenerezza.
Rakhshan Banietemad, one of the most famous Iranian female directors, author of many documentaries and fiction films like Under the Skin of the City and Our Times.
American female director Ami Canaan Mann, who has her debut in 2001 with Morning.
Irish and Scottish director, screenwriter, curator Mark Cousins, famous for his monumental The Story of Film: An Odyssey, a 930-long documentary on the history of cinema.
Argentinian screenwriter, architect, art curator Andrés Duprat, who wrote the script of The Distinguished Citizen, which made the actor Oscar Martinez win the Coppa Volpi in Venice. Duprat is also the art curator of the Argentinian Pavilion of the International Art Exhibition in Venice.
Belgian female director, screenwriter Fien Troch, who won as Best Director in the Orizzonti category at the last Venice Film Festival.
French female screenwriter and director Rebecca Zlotowski, who has entered Planetarium, a 2016 film with Natalie Portman, in the Out Of Competition category.
The awards are: Premio Orizzonti – Best Film, Best Director, Best Female/Male Performance, Best Script, Best Short Film, Special Award of the Jury Orizzonti.
Prize Venezia Opera Prima “Luigi De Laurentiis”
For this category as president, Benoît Jacquot, French director and screenwriter, author of the 2006 The Untouchable, which made Isild Le Besco win the Marcello Mastroianni Prize, and 2014 film 3 Coeurs.
Geoff Andrew, film critic, professor and programmer, has worked for TimeOut and has been a consultant for the programme of the London Film Festival.
Albert Lee, a great personality of the film industry in Hong Kong, has started working with Chinese director Jiang Wen with the 2007 film The Sun Rises.
Italian actress Greta Scarano, who has won the Nastro D’Argento prize and the Ciak D’Oro for her performance in Suburra, by Sollima.
Greek director, Yorgos Zois, who has directed his first full-length film Interruption and entered it for the Orizzonti category in 2015.
The award for this category will be the Lion of the Future – Award Venezia Opera Prima “Luigi De Laurentiis” and 100 thousand USD, which will be provided by Filmauro and equally divided between the director and producer.
Venice Virtual Reality
The personalities chosen for this category are:
as the president, John Landis, American director who has given so much to the cinema in these past forty years with films like Animal House, The Blues Brothers and so on. Into The Night will be shown at this year’s Film Festival completely renovated.
Celine Sciamma, French screenwriter and director, became famous thanks to her second film Tomboy, presented in Berlin and winner of many prizes.
Ricky Tognazzi, Italian director and prolific actor, has presented in Venice in 2011 Tutta colpa della musica, and is also known for the 2003 film The Good Pope: Pope John XXIII.
The awards are: Best VR Film, Gran Premio della Giuria VR, Award for Best Creativity VR.
For this category, the Italian director Giuseppe Piccioni, who has directed many films such as Fuori dal mondo, Luce dei miei occhi, Questi giorni, will be the president of the jury of Cinema students, who will give the awards for Best Renovated Film and Best Documentary on Cinema.
Alberto Barbera, Festival Director with Alfonso Quaron
It’s going to be a great festival, at least looking some of the names that are going to be presented at the Lido di Venezia between the 30th of August and the 9th of September. Darren Aronofsky, George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Schrader, Stephen Frears are just some of the names of the directors presenting a world premiere. Downsizing the new film directed by Alexander Payne with Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Kristen Wiig is going to be the film selected to open the Festival the 30th of August. Positive Magazine as always, in collaboration with Badtaste.it will be in Venice during the festival with a special reportage and a night event at the Lido di Venezia that we will soon announce.
VENICE 74 COMPETITION Downsizing, dir: Alexander Payne (Opening Night Film) Human Flow, dir: Ai Weiwei Mother!, dir: Darren Aronofsky Suburbicon, dir: George Clooney The Shape Of Water, dir: Guillermo del Toro L’Insulte, dir: Ziad Doueiri La Villa, dir: Robert Guediguian Lean On Pete, dir: Andrew Haigh Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, dir: Abdellatif Kechiche The Third Murder, dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda
*Jusqu’à La Garde, dir: Xavier Legrand Foxtrot, dir: Samuel Maoz Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; dir: Martin McDonagh Hannah, dir: Andrea Pallaoro Ammore E Malavita, dir: Manetti Bros Angels Wear White, dir: Vivian Qu Una Famiglia, dir: Sebastiano Riso First Reformed, dir: Paul Schrader Sweet Country, dir: Warwick Thornton The Leisure Seeker, dir: Paolo Virzi Ex Libris – The New York Public Library, dir: Frederick Wiseman
OUT OF COMPETITION – FICTION Our Souls At Night, dir: Ritesh Batra Il Singor Rotpeter, dir: Antonietta De Lillo Victoria & Abdul, dir: Stephen Frears La Mélodie, dir: Rachid Hami Outrage Coda, Takeshi Kitano (Closing Night Film) Loving Pablo, dir: Fernando Leon De Aranoa Zama, dir: Lucretia Martel Wormwood, dir: Errol Morris Diva!, dir: Francesco Patierno La Fidèle, dir: Michael R Roskam Il Colore Nascosto Delle Cose, dir: Silvio soldini The Private Life Of A Modern Woman, dir: James Toback Brawl In Cell Block 99, dir: S Craig Zahler
OUT OF COMPETITION – DOCUMENTARIES Cuba And The Cameraman, dir: Jon Alpert My Generation, dir: David Batty Piazza Vittorio, dir: Abel Ferrara The Devil And Father Amorth, dir: William Friedkin This Is Congo, dir: Daniel McCabe Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, dir: Stephen Nomura Schible Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. The Story Of Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman And Tony Clifton, dir: Chris Smith Happy Winter, dir: Giovanni Totaro
OUT OF COMPETITION – SPECIAL EVENTS Casa D’Altri, dir: Gianni Amelio Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D, dir: John Landis Making Of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, dir: Jerry Kramer
HORIZONS Nico 1988, dir: Susanna Nicchiarelli (opening film)
*Disappearance , dir: Ali Asgari Espèces Menacées, dir: Gilles Bourdos The Rape Of Recy Taylor, dir: Nancy Buirski Caniba, dirs: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
*Les Bienheureux, dir: Sofia Djama Marvin, dir: Anne Fontaine Invisible, dir: Pablo Giorgelli
*Brutti E Cattivi, dir: Cosimo Gomez The Cousin, dir: Tzahi Grad
*The Testament, dir: Amichai Greenberg No Date, No Signature, dir: Vahid Jalilvand
*Los Versos Del Ovido, dir: Alireza Khatami La Nuit Ou J’ai Nagé – Oyogisugita, dirs: Damien Manivel, Igarashi Kohei Krieg, dir: Rick Ostermann
*West Of Sunshine, dir: Jason Raftopoulos Gatta Cenerentola, dirs: Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Dario Sansone Under The Tree, dir: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson La Vita In Commune, dir: Edoardo Winspeare
CINEMA NEL GIARDINO Manuel, dir: Dario Albertini Controfigura, dir: Ra Di Martino Woodshock, dirs: Kate and Laura Mulleavy Nato A Casal Di Principe, dir: Bruno Oliviero Suburra, dirs: Michele Placido, Andrea Molaioli, Guiseppe Capotondi Tuers, dirs: Francois Troukens, jean-Francois Hensgens
VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY Melita, dir: Nicolas Alcala La Camera Insabbiata, dirs: Laurie Anderson, Huang Hsin-Chien The Last Goodbye, dir: Gabo Arora My Name Is Peter Stillman, dirs: Lysander Ashton, Leo Warner Alice, The Virtual Reality Play, dir: Mathias Chelebourg Arden’s Wake (Expanded), dir: Eugene YK Chung Greenland Melting, dir: Nonny De La Pena Bloodless, dir: Gina Kim Nothing Happens, dirs: Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot The Dream Collector, dir: Mi Li Snatch VR Heist Experience, dirs: Rafael Pavon, Nicolas Alcala Nefertitti, dirs: Richard Mills, Kim-Leigh Pontin Proxima, dir: Manuel Pradat In The Pictures, dir: Qing Shao Dispatch, dir: Edward Robles The Argos File, dir: Josema Roig Gomorra VR – We Own The Streets, dir: Enrico Rosati Draw Me Close, Chapters 1-2, dir: Jordan Tannahill The Deserted, dir: Tsai Ming-Liang I Saw The Future, dir: Francois Vautier Separate Silences, dir: David Wedel Free Whale, dir: Zhang Peibin