Venice Film Festival Announces Its 2010 Line-up


This morning the Venice Film Festival announced the line-up for their 2010 Festival which will run from September 1-11, and a lot of hot titles and directors are set to be on hand including the already announced festival opener Black Swan from Darren Aronofsky and closer, The Tempest from Julie Taymor. In competition, Aronofsky’s feature is joined by titles from Sofia Coppola, Vincent Gallo, Julian Schnabel, Francois Ozon, Abdellatif Kechiche, Takashi Miike and Tom Tykwer. Also, making a midnight Lido appearance will be Robert Rodriguez with his grindhouse thriller Machete. One other notable title is the inclusion of the Casey Affleck-directed Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary I’m Still Here, which will be screening out of competition.

Unfortunately I won’t be able to cover this one, but one of these years I would like to find a way to pull a triple play and cover Cannes, Venice and Toronto in the same year and see if I come out alive on the other side. As I’ve already mentioned, I will be following up my Cannes coverage with a trip to Toronto this year, which announced its gala and special screenings line-up on Tuesday. Personally, I think I’ve made the right choice between the two this year as TIFF’s line-up, on the surface, looks more rewarding, but have your look at what Venice has to offer and see what you think.


  • Black Swan, (dir. Darren Aronofsky — U.S.) [Opening Night Film]
  • La Pecora Nera, (dir. Ascanio Celestini — Italy)
  • Somewhere, (dir. Sofia Coppola — U.S.)
  • Happy Few, (dir. Antony Cordier — France)
  • The Solitude of Prime Numbers, (dir. Saverio Costanzo — Italy, Germany, France)
  • Silent Souls, (dir. Aleksei Fedorchenko — Russia)
  • Promises Written in Water, (dir. Vincent Gallo — U.S.)
  • Road to Nowhere, (dir. Monte Hellman — U.S.)
  • Balada Triste de Trompeta, (dir. Alex de la Iglesia — Spain, France)
  • Venus Noir, (dir. Abdellatif Kechiche — France)
  • Post Mortem, (dir. Pablo Larrain — Chile, Mexico, Germany)
  • Barney’s Version, (dir. Richard J. Lewis — Canada, Italy)
  • We Believed, (dir. Mario Martone — Italy, France)
  • La Passione, (dir. Carlo Mazzacurati — Italy)
  • 13 Assassins, (dir. Takashi Miike — Japan)
  • Potiche, (dir. Francois Ozon — France)
  • Meek’s Cutoff, (dir. Kelly Reichardt — U.S.)
  • Miral, (dir. Julian Schnabel — U.S., France, Italy, Israel)
  • Norwegian Wood, (dir. Tran Anh Hung — Japan)
  • Attenberg, (dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari — Greece)
  • Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame, (dir. Tsui Hark — China)
  • Three, (dir. Tom Tykwer — Germany)


Opening Night Midnight Movie

  • Machete, (dir. Robert Rodriguez — U.S.)


Homage to Vittorio Gassman

  • Vittorio racconta — Una vita da Mattatore, (dir. Giancarlo Scarchilli — Italy)
  • The Town, (dir. Ben Affleck — U.S.)
  • I’m Still Here: the Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix, (dir. Casey Affleck — U.S.)
  • Sorelle Mai, (dir. Marco Bellocchio — Italy)
  • Niente Paura — Come siamo come eravamo e le canzoni di Luciano Ligabue, (dir. Piergiorgio Gay — Italy)
  • Dante Ferretti — Production Designer, (dir. Gianfranco Giagni — Italy)
  • Notizie degli Scavi, (dir. Emidio Greco — Italy)
  • The Last Movie (1971), (dir. Dennis Hopper)
  • Gorbaciof, (dir. Stefano Incerti — Italy)
  • That Girl in Yellow Boots, (dir. Anurag Kashyap — India)
  • Showtime, (dir. Stanley Kwan — China)
  • Sei Venezia, (dir. Carlo Mazzacurati — Italy)
  • Zebraman (2004), (dir. Takashi Miike — Japan)
  • Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City, (dir. Takashi Miike — Japan)
  • The Child’s Eye 3D, (dir. Oxide Pang and Danny Pang — China, Hong Kong)
  • Vallanzasca – Gli angeli del male, (dir. Michele Placido — Italy)
  • All Inclusive 3D, (dir. Nadia Ranocchi and David Zamagni — Italy, Austria)
  • Raavan (Tamil version), (dir. Mani Ratnam — India)
  • 1960, (dir. Gabriele Salvatores — Italy)
  • La prima volta a Venezia, (dir. Antonello Sarno — Italy)
  • A Letter to Elia, (dir. Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones — U.S.)
  • Shock Labyrinth 3D, (dir. Takashi Shimizu — Japan)
  • L’ultimo Gattopardo: Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo, (dir. Giuseppe Tornatore — Italy)
  • Passione, (dir. John Turturro — Italy)
  • Lope, (dir. Andrucha Waddington — Spain, Brazil)
  • Space Guy, (dir. Zhang Yuan — China)

Golden Lion For Lifetime Achievement 2010

  • John Woo’s Reign of Assassins, (dir. John Woo and Su Chao-Pin — China, Taiwan, Hong Kong)


  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award — Raavan, (dir. Mani Ratnam — India)


  • Lost Kisses, (dir. Roberta Torre — Italy)
  • 20 Sigarette, (dir. Aureliano Amadei — Italy)
  • Il Primo Incarico, (dir. Giorgia Cecere — Italy)
  • A Woman, (dir. Giada Colagrande — Italy)
  • Tajabone, (dir. Salvatore Mereu — Italy)
  • Ma che storia, (dir. Gianfranco Pannone — Italy)
  • Into Paradiso, (dir. Paola Randi — Italy)


  • Come un soffio, (dir. Michela Cescon — Italy)
  • Sposero Nichi Vendola, (dir. Andrea Costantino — Italy)
  • Bassa Marea, (dir. Roberto De Paolis — Italy)
  • Achille, (dir. Giorgia Farina — Italy)
  • Niente Orchidee, (dir. Simone Godano and Leonardo Godano — Italy)


  • Tarda Estate, (dir. Antonio Di Trapani — Italy)
  • Il Loro Natale, (dir. Gaetano Di Vaio — Italy)
  • Ward 54, (dir. Monica Maggioni — Italy, U.S.)
  • Flaiano: il meglio e passato, (dir. Gianfranco Rolandi, Steve Della Casa
  • Se hai una montagna di neve, tienila all’ombra, (dir. Elisabetta Sgarbi and Eugenio Lio — Italy)
  • Fughe e approdi, (dir. Giovanna Taviani — Italy)