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64th Venice International Film Festival

Biennale Cinema

The 64th Venice International Film Festival, organised by the Venice Biennale, will be held on the Venice Lido from 29th August to 8th September 2007.
The aim of the Festival is to encourage the awareness and the promotion of all the various aspects of
international cinema as art, entertainment and industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance.

The line-up of the Festival includes the following sections:


Venezia 64-In Competition, an international competition comprising a maximum of 20 feature films, presented as world premieres or at least not yet given public screenings outside their country of origin or in Italy.

An International Jury of seven or nine personalities from the world of cinema and culture of various countries, excluding any who have worked on the production of the works invited or who have an interest in their distribution, will assign the following prizes for the feature films (no joint winners permitted):


Golden Lion for best film

Silver Lion for best director

Special Jury Prize

Coppa Volpi for Best Actor

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress

“Marcello Mastroianni” Award for Best Young Actor or Actress

Osella for Best Tchnical Contribution

Osella for Best Screenplay

The Jury may also choose to award a Special Lion for an overall work to a director or actor of a film presented in the Venezia 64 section.

Films awarded the Golden Lion, Silver Lion or Special Jury Prize may not win the Coppa Volpi (for actors or actresses) or the Mastroianni Award. They may, however, compete for one of the two Oselle.




Venezia 64-Out of Competition, some of the most important works of the year, and in particular those by directors already established in past editions of the Festival, will be presented in the non-competing section. A maximum of six films will be screened. Around midnight, a further series of a maximum of ten Out of Competition films will be screened that are appropriate to the time of night. Feature films will be admitted if presented as world premieres or at least not yet given public screenings outside their country of origin or in Italy.
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Orizzonti, A section aiming to provide a picture of the new trends in cinema. A maximum of 15 feature films will be presented; these must be a world premiere or at least never publicly screened outside their country of origin or in Italy. This section will include a further maximum of 7 documentary feature films




Corto Cortissimo, An international competition of short films, screened here as a world premiere or at least never publicly screened outside their country of origin or in Italy. The shorts must not last more than 30 minutes. Only fiction and animation films will be allowed.

An International Jjury of three personalities from the world of cinema and culture of various countries, excluding any who have worked on the production of the works invited or who have an interest in their distribution, will assign the following prizes for the short films (no joint winners permitted):



Corto Cortissimo Lion for the Best Short Film

UIP Prize for the Best European Short Film

a Special Mention.




Secret History of Italian Cinema 4, A retrospective section on Spaghetti Western (1964-1976), as part of the Secret History of Italian Cinema 4.



International Critics’ Week , A series of seven or eight films – first works – independently selected by a commission nominated by the National Syndicate of Italian Film Critics (SNCCI) in accordance with its own regulations.



Directors’ Selection, A series of 10-12 films independently selected by a commission nominated by the Italian Association of Film-makers (ANAC - Associazione Nazionale Autori Cinematografici) and by the Association of Independent Directors and Producers (API - Associazione Autori e Produttori Indipendenti) in accordance with their own regulations.



Industry Office, As part of the Festival, a “Film Market” will be organised, which will place its infrastructure and screening rooms at the service of producers and international sales companies. Participation in the “Film Market” will be effected in accordance with specific regulations.





This year’s festival will cast its eye over the protagonists of the cinema of tomorrow, and over the history of cinema: the 75th anniversary Golden Lion is to be awarded to Bernardo Bertolucci, the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement to Tim Burton, the celebratory events are directed by Alexander Kluge, and the retrospective is dedicated to “Spaghetti Westerns”.




The Secret History of Italian Cinema 4 - Spaghetti Westerns programme is curated by Marco Giusti and Manlio Gomarasca, with L’Officina Filmclub (Paolo Luciani and Cristina Torelli), in collaboration with leading Italian and foreign scholars of films of this genre. It will include the screening of 31 Italian feature films (and of a surprising Japanese Spaghetti Western) during the 64th Venice Film Festival, selected on the basis of the relationship between great importance and high degree of ‘invisibility’: films that have not been in circulation for at least two decades, here restored and reconstructed in their integral version.

As for the first edition of the Secret History of Italian Cinema in 2004, the “godfather” of this initiative will be the great American film-maker, Quentin Tarantino, a profound connoisseur and admirer of Italian cinema. Alongside Tarantino, directors, producers, actors, script-writers, photographic directors and stuntmen will also be present in Venice.





Some sequences of Sweeney Todd and the Digital 3D version of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas are the special events of the “Tim Burton Day” . The 64th Festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement is to be awarded to Tim Burton by his long-standing colleague, Johnny Depp.


The screening of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in the new Disney Digital 3D version, and a world premiere of some sequences from the eagerly-awaited Sweeney Todd are the special events planned for the “Tim Burton Day”, to be held on Wednesday 5th September.
On that day, Johnny Depp will hand the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to the American director Tim Burton, awarded by the 64th Venice Film Festival (29th August – 8th September 2007), directed by Marco Müller and organised by the Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Davide Croff.

Two years after the world premiere of Corpse Bride on the Lido, Tim Burton returns to the Festival to receive the 2007 Golden Lion for lifetime achievement. The programme will include not only the awards ceremony in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema, but also the world premiere of some sequences from Burton’s latest film, the cinema adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s prize-winning musical-thriller, Sweeney Todd. Sweeney Todd is co-produced by Warner Bros Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures, and stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jayne Wisener and Sacha Baron Cohen. The film will be released in the United States on 21st December 2007, distributed by Paramount, and in Italy in early 2008, distributed by Warner Bros Pictures Italia.




Stefania Sandrelli (Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Venice in 2005), one of the most loved and sought-after Italian actresses of all time, inspiring muse of many of the most important Italian directors, an actress whose career has often followed the history of the Festival step by step (many of the films she has appeared in were shown in Venice, from Partner by Bernardo Bertolucci, to A Talking Picture - Um filme falado, by Manoel de Oliveira, from Son and Daughters - Figli/Hijos, by Marco Bechis, to Te lo leggo negli occhi by Valia Santella), will host the closing ceremony of the 64th Venice Film Festival, to be held on 8th September in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema. She will be accompanied by La Biennale di Venezia’s President, Davide Croff, and the 64th Venice Film Festival Director, Marco Müller.



The evening’s events include the announcement of the Official Prizes for the 2007 edition, and also the awarding of the 75th anniversary Golden Lion to Bernardo Bertolucci, who Sandrelli worked with on Partner (1968), The Conformist (Il conformista, 1970), 1900 (Novecento, 1976) and Stealing Beauty (Io ballo da sola, 1996). The awards ceremony will be followed by the screening of Blood Brothers (Tiantang kou) by Alexi Tan, Out of Competition




Locations



Venice Lido (Palazzo del Cinema, Casinò, and PalaBiennale)


Screening Venues
Palazzo del Cinema (Sala Grande, 1,100 seats and Sala Volpi, 160)
PalaLido (1,300 seats)
PalaBiennale (1,700 seats)
Sala Perla at the Palazzo del Casinò (400 seats)



Industry Meeting Points at the Casinò and at the Excelsior, for professionals only.



Movie Garden. Stands, Internet Points and refreshment for the public and trade operators.






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