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Venice Film Festival

September 2-12, 2015
Venice, Italy

What’s It All About?

Directed by Alberto Barbera, the 72nd Venice International Film Festival is organised by La Biennale di Venezia with an aim to raise awareness and promote various aspects of international cinema in all its forms. The festival has also organised retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards better understanding of the history of cinema. According to Barbera, this year’s festival hopes to witness the confirmation of cinema’s persistence, right down into the profound upheavals that are transforming it.

There will be almost 55 feature film screenings in the official selection, with 54 world premieres and one international premiere. As noted by Barbera, it will also be the first time for the festival to be a launchpad for mainstream Asian fare, as it is very unusual for Chinese distributors to show a film so far ahead of its release.

Venice Film Market

In its fourth year, the Venice Film Market will be held between September 3 and 8, 2015, and is located on the first floor of the Excelsior Hotel of the Lido di Venezia. The Venice Film Market will offer a digital video library, an industry business centre with an information desk, Internet workstations and Wi-Fi network, the Industry Club, which is an exclusive meeting area for producers, buyers and sellers, market screenings (Pasinetti Theater), and the exhibition area (Expo Venice). On the occasion of the fourth edition of the Venice Film Market, in addition to the workshop programme, Final Cut In Venice, a European Gap-Financing Market will be organised for the second time.

Watch Out For
Opening Film


The opening film of the VFF has generally acted as a launchpad for Oscar contenders. Earlier screened opening films like Birdman, Gravity and 127 Hours went on to win Academy Awards. For the 72nd edition, Everest directed by Baltasar Kormákur has been selected as the opening night film.

The thriller-adventure, real-life drama is based on the events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, which led to the death of several climbers. It will focus on the summit and survival attempts of two expedition groups, the one led by Scott Fischer (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), and the one led by Rob Hall (played by Jason Clarke).

In Competition

Frenzy (Turkey, France, Qatar)

Heart Of A Dog (US)

Blood Of My Blood (Italy)

Looking For Grace (Australia)

Equals (US)

Remember (Canada, Germany)


Go With Me (US, Canada, Sweden)

Non Essere Cattivo (Italy)

Black Mass (US)

Spotlight (US)

La Calle De La Amargura (Mexico-Spain)

The Audition (US)


Winter On Fire (Ukraine)

De Palma (US)

Janis (US)

The Event (Netherlands, Belgium)

Afternoon (Chinese Taipei)

In Jackson Heights (US)

Special Screening

Human (France)


Madame Courage (Algeria, France, UAE)

A Copy Of My Mind (Indonesia, South Korea)

Pecore In Erba (Italy)

Tempete (France)

The Childhood Of A Leader (UK, Hungary, Belgium, France)

Italian Gangster (Italy)

Taj Mahal (France, Belgium)

Golden Lion For Career Achievement

This year, French director, screenwriter, actor and producer Bertrand Tavernier is the recipient of the Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement at the festival. His 1989 hit film, La Vie Et Rien d’Autre, will also be screened at the festival.

Closing Film
Mr Six

Previously known as Fading Wave, Mr Six is a Chinese action-comedy film directed by Guan Hu. The film tells the story of a 50-year-old street punk Lao Pao Er, who reigned over the Beijing streets as the neighborhood kingpin for many years. One day, his son causes a dispute, a much younger drag-racing street punk, and he steps up to defend his son. Lao Pao Er discovers that he no longer holds power in the street world.

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