On the 1st September in Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema – Venice Lido – Jane Fonda and Robert Redford will both receive a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

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.

Robert Redford

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.

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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.

Gianni Amelio / ASAC Biennale

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.

John Landis

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.

Venezia Classics
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.

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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 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.

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

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

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

Casa D’Altri, dir: Gianni Amelio
Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D, dir: John Landis
Making Of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, dir: Jerry Kramer

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

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

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

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