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U.S. Titles Headline Venice 2013 Slate


Toronto unveiled its initial slate a few days ago, and it’s now Venice’s turn to reveal a ridiculously stacked program of auteur cinema for its 2013 edition. Among a very strong Competition lineup, U.S. cinema is strongly represented by John Curran’s outback epic Tracks, James Franco’s Cormac McCarthy adaptation Child of God, Terry Gilliam’s surreal futuristic drama The Zero Theorem, David Gordon Green’s Southern-set drama Joe, Errol Morris’ enticing The Unknown Known: the Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld, Kelly Reichardt’s environmental activist drama Night Moves and Peter Landesman’s JFK assassination drama Parkland. Elsewhere in that section there are also new offerings from Xavier Dolan, Philippe Garrel, Stephen Frears, Amos Gitai, Jonathan Glazer, Hayao Miyazaki and Tsai Ming-liang.

The rest of the program is also generously populated by the latest works by prominent figures in world cinema, for example Kim Ki-duk, Andrzej Wajda, Sion Sono and Lukas Moodysson; there are additionally a few curiosities, such as Je m’appelle Hmmm…a doc directed by fashion desibner Agnes B. and Locke, a real-time thriller starring Tom Hardy directed by Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight. Beyond the realm of the Competition, there are also a handful more U.S. titles: Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Paul Schrader’s The Canyons have Out of Competition slots on the narrative side, the Out of Competition doc slate features Alex Gibney’s Lance Armstrong film The Armstrong Lie and Frederick Wiseman’s latest, At Berkeley, and Horizons has Palo Alto, the debut from Francis Ford Coppola’s granddaughter Gia Coppola, and Ti West’s new horror flick, The Sacrament.

The full lineup is below:


Es-Stouh (The Rooftops), Merzak Allouache (Algeria-France)
L’intrepido Gianni Amelio (Italy)
Miss Violence, Alexandros Avranas (Greece)
Tracks, John Curran (U.K.-Australia)
Via Castellana Bandiera, Emma Dante (Italy-Switzerland-France)
Tom at the Farm, Xavier Dolan (Canada-France)
Child of God, James Franco (U.S.)
Philomena, Stephen Frears (U.K.)
La Jalousie, Philippe Garrel (France)
The Zero Theorem, Terry Gilliam (U.K.-U.S.)
Ana Arabia, Amos Gitai (Israel-France)
Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer (U.K.-U.S.)
Joe, David Gordon Green (U.S.)
Die Frau des Polizisten (The Police Officer’s Wife) Philip Groning (Germany)
Kaze tachinu, Hayao Miyazaki (Japan)
The Unknown Known: the Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld, Errol Morris (U.S.)
Night Moves, Kelly Reichardt (U.S.)
Sacro GRA, Gianfranco Rosi (Italy)
Jiaoyou (Stray Dogs), Tsai Ming-liang (Taiwan-France)
Parkland, Peter Landesman (U.S.)


Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Aramaki Shinji (Japan)
Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron (U.S.) (Opener)
Moebius, Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
Locke, Steven Knight (U.K.)
Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven), Lee Sang-Il (Japan)
Wolf Creek 2, Greg McLean (Australia)
Die Andere Heimat — Chronik einer Sehnsucht (Home from Home — Chronicle of a Vision), Edgar Reitz (Germany)
The Canyons, Paul Schrader (U.S.)
Che strano chiamarsi Federico Scola racconta Fellini, Ettore Scola (Italy)
Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (Walesa. Man of Hope), Andrzej Wajda, Ewa Brodzka (Poland)


Summer 82 When Zappa Came to Sicily, Salvo Cuccia (Italy-U.S.)
Pine Ridge, Anna Eborn (Denmark)
The Armstrong Lie, Alex Gibney (U.S.)
Ukraina ne Bordel (Ukraine Is Not Brothel), Kitty Green (Australia)
Amazonia, Thierry Ragobert (France-Brazil) (Closer)
Feng Ai (‘Til Madness Do Us Apart), Wang Bing (Hong Kong-China-France-Japan)
At Berkeley, Frederick Wiseman (U.S.)


Je m’appelle Hmmm…, Agnes B. (France)
Bauyr (Little Brother), Serik Aprymov (Kazakhstan)
Il terzo tempo, Enrico Maria Artale (Italy)
Eastern Boys, Robin Campillo (France)
Palo Alto, Gia Coppola (U.S.)
Ruin, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody (Australia)
Mahi Va Gorbeh (Fish and Cat), Shahram Mokri (Iran)
Vi ar bast! (We Are the Best!) Lukas Moodysson (Sweden-Denmark)
Wolfskinder (Wolfschildren), Rick Ostermann (Germany)
La vida despues, David Pablos (Mexico)
Algunas Chicas, Santiago Palavecino (Argentina)
Medeas, Andrea Pallaoro (U.S.-Italy)
Still Life, Uberto Pasolini (U.K.)
Piccola Patria, Alessandro Rossetto (Italy)
La prima neve, Andrea Segre (Italy)
Jigoku de naze warui, (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?) Sono Sion (Japan)
The Sacrament, Ti West (U.S.)

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