Venice and the 79 premieres

Venice unveils all the titles for the competition.

This year is filled with a lot of young talent. It has also reduced the average age of directors around the world. There are 22 Films vying for the coveted Golden Lion. The major premieres will be of films by Sofia Coppola and Darren Aronofsky. The last time that happened Darren garnered most of the attention with his minimalistic fare The Wrestler.

Coppola will bring her unique style to Venice with a story about a movie star struggling through his life. The other big film Black Swan tells the story of two competing ballerinas.

Black Swan stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder. The oldest director would be Monte Hellman. He will be bringing his film called Road to Nowhere about a young writer who gets caught up in a crime.

There will only be a single debut this year by director Ascanio Celestine. He will be bringing an adaptation of a play named La Pecora Nera.

Another adaptation is the novel by Mordecai Richler called Barney’s Version. It will be starring Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman. There is also the new film by the stellar director Kelly Reichardt called Meek’s Cutoff.

The other competition titles include Drei directed by Tom Tykwer. There is also a film by Tunisian born director called Abdellatif Kechiche. His film is called Venus Noire. He was know for the premiere of his film titled The Secret of the Grain.

There will be 79 premiers in total for the festival during September 1-11 th.

The Affleck brothers will bring both their movies to the festival. Casey will be doing a documentary on the silly life of Joaquin Phoenix. The other more talented director Ben Affleck will be premiering his next directorial venture called The Town.

Quentin Tarantino will be heading the jury this time round.

Here is a more comprehensive list.

Opening Night Tribute to Bruce Lee
The Return of Chen Zhen,” Andrew Lau (China, Hong Kong)

Opening Night Midnight Movie
Machete,” Robert Rodriguez (U.S.)

The Tempest,” Julie Taymor (U.S.)

Homage to Vittorio Gassman
Vittorio racconta — Una vita da Mattatore,” Giancarlo Scarchilli (Italy) 

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The Town,” Ben Affleck (U.S.)
I’m Still Here: the Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix,” Casey Affleck (U.S.)
“Sorelle Mai,” Marco Bellocchio (Italy)
“Niente Paura — Come siamo come eravamo e le canzoni di Luciano Ligabue,” Piergiorgio Gay (Italy)
“Dante Ferretti — Production Designer,” Gianfranco Giagni (Italy)
“Notizie degli Scavi,” Emidio Greco (Italy)
The Last Movie” (1971), Dennis Hopper
“Gorbaciof,” Stefano Incerti (Italy)
“That Girl in Yellow Boots,” Anurag Kashyap (India)
“Showtime,” Stanley Kwan (China)
“Sei Venezia,” Carlo Mazzacurati (Italy)
“Zebraman” (2004), Takashi Miike (Japan)
“Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City,” Takashi Miike (Japan)
“The Child’s Eye 3D,” Oxide Pang and Danny Pang (China, Hong Kong)
“Vallanzasca – Gli angeli del male,” Michele Placido (Italy)
“All Inclusive 3D,” Nadia Ranocchi and David Zamagni (Italy, Austria)
“Raavan” (Tamil version), Mani Ratnam (India)
“1960,” Gabriele Salvatores (Italy)
“La prima volta a Venezia,” Antonello Sarno (Italy)
“A Letter to Elia,” Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones (U.S.)
“Shock Labyrinth 3D,” Takashi Shimizu (Japan)
“L’ultimo Gattopardo: Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo,” Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy) 
“Passione,” John Turturro (Italy)
“Lope,” Andrucha Waddington (Spain, Brazil)
“Space Guy,” Zhang Yuan (China)

Golden Lion For Lifetime Achievement 2010
John Woo
“Reign of Assassins,” John Woo and Su Chao-Pin (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong)

Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award — Mani Ratnam
(Hindi Version) (India)

“Lost Kisses,” Roberta Torre (Italy)
“20 Sigarette,” Aureliano Amadei (Italy)
“Il Primo Incarico,” Giorgia Cecere (Italy)
“A Woman,” Giada Colagrande (Italy)
“Tajabone,” Salvatore Mereu (Italy)
“Ma che storia,” Gianfranco Pannone (Italy)
“Into Paradiso,” Paola Randi (Italy)

“Come un soffio,” Michela Cescon (Italy)
“Sposero Nichi Vendola,” Andrea Costantino (Italy)
“Bassa Marea,” Roberto De Paolis (Italy)
“Achille,” Giorgia Farina (Italy)
“Niente Orchidee,” Simone Godano and Leonardo Godano (Italy)

“Tarda Estate,” Antonio Di Trapani (Italy)
“Il Loro Natale,” Gaetano Di Vaio (Italy)
“Ward 54,” Monica Maggioni (Italy, U.S.)
“Flaiano: il meglio e passato,” Gianfranco Rolandi, Steve Della Casa
“Se hai una montagna di neve, tienila all’ombra,” Elisabetta Sgarbi and Eugenio Lio
“Fughe e approdi,” Giovanna Taviani (Italy)

Source: Variety

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