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VENICE 2019 Out of Competition / Orizzonti / Sconfini / Biennale College Cinema

Between fiction and non-fiction, the Lido welcomes a wide Out of Competition selection

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- In the Orizzonti section, 19 titles will compete for the awards given out by the jury chaired by Susanna Nicchiarelli

Between fiction and non-fiction, the Lido welcomes a wide Out of Competition selection
Adults in the Room by Costa-Gavras

It is a very wide Out of Competition selection, between fiction, non-fiction and special screenings, that was announced today in Rome by Alberto Barbera, director of the Venice International Film Festival, at the programme of the 76th edition of the festival which will take place on the Lido from 28 August-7 September (read about the Competition titles here). Twenty-four titles in total, among them two highly anticipated TV series (Zerozerozero by Stefano Sollima, episodes 1 and 2, from Roberto Saviano’s novel; and The New Pope by Paolo Sorrentino, episodes 2 and 7 – both labeled Sky), make up the non-competitive selection of this year’s Mostra.

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Titles which stand out among the feature-length fiction films, beside the already announced closing film The Burnt Orange Heresy [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Giuseppe Capotondi
film profile
]
 by Giuseppe Capotondi, include Adults in the Room [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Costa-Gavras
film profile
]
by Costa-Gavras, which is about the negotiations for the financial bailout of Greece in 2015, adapted from the book by former Greek Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis; The King [+see also:
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by David Michôd, with Timothée Chalamet and Joel Edgerton as Henry V and Falstaff in a new Shakespeare adaptation; and Italian films Volare [+see also:
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by Gabriele Salvatores, centered on a father and son on a road trip adventure from Eastern Italy to the Balkans, and Vivere [+see also:
film review
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interview: Francesca Archibugi
film profile
]
by Francesca Archibugi, with Micaela Ramazzotti and Adriano Giannini, following a family turned upside down by the arrival of an au pair.

Worth noting among the works of non-fiction outside of the competition are the concert film Roger Waters Us + Them [+see also:
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, directed by Sean Evans and Roger Waters himself, who will be at the Lido to meet the public; State Funeral [+see also:
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by Sergei Loznitsa, a found-footage documentary relating the events of the four days before Stalin’s funeral; Citizen Rosi [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carolina Rosi and Didi Gnoc…
film profile
]
by Didi Gnocchi and Carolina Rosi, which recounts the history of Italy through the cinema of Francesco Rosi. Arousing curiosity among special screenings is Irréversible - Inversion intégrale in which Gaspar Noé edits his controversial 2002 film, starring Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel, backwards (and therefore, in chronological order).

As for the competitive Orizzonti section, 19 films will compete for the awards given by the jury presided by Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli. Among them are the opening film Pelican Blood [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Katrin Gebbe
film profile
]
di Katrin Gebbe, starring Nina Hoss in the role of a woman who adopts a young girl with emotional issues, putting at risk the serenity of her other daughter; Spanish film Zumiriki [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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by Oskar Alegria, “difficult to classify” according to Barbera, but in which “every scene contains an idea”; the French My Days of Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antoine de Bary
film profile
]
 by Antoine De Bary, “an extremely intelligent and entertaining film”; Nevia [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nunzia De Stefano
film profile
]
by Nunzia di Stefano, former partner of Matteo Garrone (who produces), autobiographical and set in the post-earthquake Naples of 1980. Another Italian title in selection is Sole [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carlo Sironi
film profile
]
by Carlo Sironi, co-produced with Poland. Other highlights are Rialto [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Peter Mackie Burns
film profile
]
from Scottish director Peter Mackie Burns, Back Home [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
from the French Jessica Palud, and Madre [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
film profile
]
from the Spanish Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

The selection for this year's edition:

Out of Competition

Fiction

The Burnt Orange Heresy [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Giuseppe Capotondi
film profile
]
- Giuseppe Capotondi (UK/Italy) (closing film)
Seberg - Benedict Andrews (US/UK)
Vivere [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Francesca Archibugi
film profile
]
- Francesca Archibugi (Italy)
Mosul - Matthew Michael Carnahan (US)
Adults in the Room [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Costa-Gavras
film profile
]
- Costa-Gavras (France/Greece)
The King [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- David Michôd (UK/Hungary)
Volare [+see also:
trailer
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]
- Gabriele Salvatores (Italy)

Non Fiction

Woman [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Anastasia Mikova and Yann A…
film profile
]
- Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Anastasia Mikova (France)
Roger Waters Us + Them [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Sean Evans, Roger Waters (UK)
I diari di Angela - Noi due cineasti. Capitolo secondo [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
- Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi (Italy)
Citizen K [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alex Gibney
film profile
]
- Alex Gibney (UK)
Citizen Rosi [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carolina Rosi and Didi Gnoc…
film profile
]
- Didi Gnocchi, Carolina Rosi (Italy)
The Kingmaker - Lauren Greenfield (US)
State Funeral [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Sergei Loznitsa (Netherlands/Lithuania)
Colectiv [+see also:
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]
 - Alexander Nanau (Romania/Luxembourg)
45 Seconds of Laughter - Tim Robbins (US)
Il pianeta in mare [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Andrea Segre
film profile
]
- Andrea Segre (Italy)

Special Screenings

No One Left Behind - Guillermo Arriaga (Mexico) (short film)
Electric Swan - Konstantina Kotzamani (France/Greece/Argentina) (medium-length film)
Irréversible - Inversion intégrale - Gaspar Noé (France)
Zerozerozero (Episodes 1&2) - Stefano Sollima (Italy) (TV series)
The New Pope (Episodes 2&7) - Paolo Sorrentino (Italy/France/Spain) (TV series)
Never Just a Dream: Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut - Matt Wells (UK) (short film)
Eyes Wide Shut - Stanley Kubrick (US/UK) (1999)

Orizzonti

Feature films

Pelican Blood [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Katrin Gebbe
film profile
]
- Katrin Gebbe (Germany/Bulgaria) (opening film)
Zumiriki [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Oskar Alegria (Spain)
A Son [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Mehdi M Barsaoui (Tunisia/France/Lebanon/Qatar)
White on White [+see also:
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film profile
]
 - Theo Court (Spain/Chile/France/Germany)
My Days of Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antoine de Bary
film profile
]
 - Antoine de Bary (France)
Nevia [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nunzia De Stefano
film profile
]
- Nunzia De Stefano (Italy)
Moffie [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Olivier Hermanus (South Africa/UK)
Hava, Maryam, Ayesha - Sahraa Karimi (Afghanistan/France)
Rialto [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Peter Mackie Burns
film profile
]
- Peter Mackie Burns (Ireland/UK)
The Criminal Man [+see also:
film review
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film profile
]
 - Dmitry Mamuliya (Georgia/Russia)
Back Home [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Jessica Palud (France)
Giants Being Lonely - Grear Patterson (US)
Verdict [+see also:
trailer
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]
- Raymund Ribay Gutierrez (Philippines/France)
Balloon (Qiqiu) - Pema Tseden (China)
Just 6.5 (Metri Shesho Nim) - Saeed Roustaee (Iran)
Shadow of Water (Chola) - Sasidharan Sanal Kumar (India)
Sole [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carlo Sironi
film profile
]
- Carlo Sironi (Italy/Poland)
Madre [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
film profile
]
- Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Spain/France)
Atlantis [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Valentyn Vasyanovych
film profile
]
- Valentyn Vasyanovych (Ukraine)

Short films

Supereroi senza superpoteri (Superheroes Without Superpowers) - Beatrice Baldacci (Italy)
Kingdom Come - Sean Robert Dunn (UK)
Give Up the Ghost - Zain Duraie (Jordan/Sweden)
After Two Hours, Ten Minutes Had Passed - Steffen Goldkamp (Germany)
The Diver - Jamie Helmer, Michael Leonard (France/Australia)
Roqaia - Diana Saqeb Jamal (Afghanistan/Bangladesh)
Sand - Kyungrae Kim (South Korea)
Le Coup des larmes (The Tears Thing) - Clémence Poesy (France)
Delphine - Chloé Robichaud (Canada)
Darling - Saim Sadiq (Pakistan/US)
Sh_t Happens - David Stumpf, Michaela Mihalyi (Czech Republic/Slovakia/France)
Dogs Barking at Birds - Leonor Teles (Portugal)
Fiebre austral (Austral Fever) - Thomas Woodroffe (Chile)

Sconfini

Chiara Ferragni - Unposted [+see also:
trailer
interview: Elisa Amoruso
film profile
]
- Elisa Amoruso (Italy)
The Scarecrows [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Nouri Bouzid (Tunisia/Morocco/Luxembourg)
Once More Unto the Beach [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Federico Ferrone, Michele M…
film profile
]
- Federico Ferrone, Michele Manzolini (Italy)
Effetto Domino [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alessandro Rossetto
film profile
]
- Alessandro Rossetto (Italy)

Special Event

Goodbye, Dragon Inn - Tsai Ming-Liang (Taiwan) (2003)

Biennale College Cinema

The End of Love [+see also:
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]
- Keren Ben Rafael (France)
Lessons of Love [+see also:
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]
- Chiara Campara (Italy)
This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection - Jeremiah Lemonhang Mosese (Lesotho)

(Translated from Italian)

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