The fourth of the five Italian titles in competition arrives today at the Venice International Film Festival, IL SIGNORE DELLE FORMICHE by Gianni Amelio with Luigi Lo Cascio and Elio Germanoon the case of Aldo Braibanti, the intellectual who at the end of the 1960s was sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of plagiarism, after a trial that caused a sensation.
Among the stars of the day there is Tilda Swintonprotagonist of another title in competition, THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER by Joanna Hogg, about an artist who has to deal with long-buried secrets with her elderly mother.
A master of cinema like Walter Hill receives the Cartier Glory to the Filmmaker Award and presents (Out of Competition) his new western DEAD FOR A DOLLAR with Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe and Rachel Brosnahan. Also out of the race is KONE TAEVAST, the latest film by Kim Ki-duk, completed by friends and colleagues after the death of the filmmaker in 2020.
In Venice Classic spotlights on the documentary SERGIO LEONE – THE ITALIAN WHO INVENTED AMERICA by Francesco Zippel. SPACCAOSSA by Vincenzo Pirrotta makes its debut at the Giornate degli Autori – Notti veneziane, co-produced and co-written by Ficarra and Picone, a sulphurous story of crime and desperation inspired by a real story.
Here are some of the main events of the day: THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER by Joanna Hogg (Venice 79) with Tilda Swinton, Joseph Mydell, Carly-Sophia Davies (Sala Grande at 4.45pm). Back in the old family home, transformed into a hotel but charged with a mysterious past, an artist and her elderly mother face long-buried secrets.
THE LORD OF THE ANTS by Gianni Amelio (Venice 79) with Luigi Lo Cascio, Elio Germano, Leonardo Maltese, Sara Serraiocco (Sala Grande at 7pm). At the end of the 1960s a trial was held in Rome that caused a sensation. The playwright and poet Aldo Braibanti was sentenced to nine years of imprisonment on charges of plagiarism, that is, of having submitted to his will one of his students and a friend of recent age. A few years later the crime of plagiarism was canceled from the penal code.
KONE TAEVAST (THE CALL FROM HEAVEN) by Kim Ki-duk (Out of competition) with Zhanel Sergazina, Abylai Maratov (Sala Giardino at 5pm). A girl who dreams of one day meeting the love of her life and a man who has lived through many experiences are the protagonists of the latest film by Kim Ki-duk, shot in the summer of 2019 and completed by friends and colleagues of Kim after her unexpected disappearance in December 2020.
CARTIER GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER AWARD to WALTER HILL (Sala Grande at 9.45pm) followed by: DEAD FOR A DOLLAR by Walter Hill (Out of competition) with Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe, Rachel Brosnahan, Warren Burke. We are in 1897. The story follows the famous bounty hunter Max Borlund in Mexico; here he runs into Joe Cribbens, gambler and outlaw and his sworn enemy, whom Max had sent to prison a few years earlier.
SERGIO LEONE – THE ITALIAN WHO INVENTED AMERICA by Francesco Zippel (Venezia Classici), documentary (Sala Casino at 5pm). The film, enriched with precious archive materials, rare audio recordings and behind-the-scenes footage, sees the direct participation of the Leone family for the first time and contains interviews with both the director’s historical collaborators and Hollywood icons, from Eastwood to Tarantino. , from Scorsese to Damien Chazelle. SPACCAOSSA by Vincenzo Pirrotta (Venice Days – Venetian Nights) with Vincenzo Pirrotta, Selene Caramazza, Ninni Bruschetta, Giovanni Calcagno (Sala Laguna at 9.30pm). In a warehouse in Palermo, an improvised criminal organization breaks the bones of consenting victims and simulates accidents to collect hefty insurance compensation. Vincenzo recruits them from among the miserable people who live in the streets of the city, the same ones in which Luisa, who will be involved in the ‘tour’, is used to stock up on crack. (HANDLE).
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