69th Venice International Film Festival

The 69th annual Venice International Film Festival, organized by Venice Biennale, took place at Venice Lido from 29 August to 8 September 2012.[1] The festival opened with the Indian director Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist,[2][3] and closed with the Out of Competition film The Man Who Laughs, directed by Jean-Pierre Ameris.[4] Terrence Malick's film To the Wonder was met with both boos and cheers from critics at its premiere.[5]

69th Venice International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmThe Reluctant Fundamentalist
Closing filmThe Man Who Laughs
LocationVenice, Italy
Founded1932
AwardsGolden Lion: Pietà by Kim Ki-duk
Silver Lion: Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)
Hosted byKasia Smutniak
Festival date29 August – 8 September 2012
WebsiteWebsite

The Golden Lion for Best Film was won by Pietà, directed by South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk.[6] Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master won the Silver Lion for Best Director. Israeli actress Hadas Yaron for her performance in Fill the Void was selected as the Best Actress in the festival.[6]

Jury

The international juries of the 69th Venice International Film Festival included:[7][8]

Main competition (Venezia 69)

Horizons (Orizzonti)

Opera Prima (Venice Award for a Debut Film)

Official selection

In Competition

The following eighteen films were selected for the main competition:[9][10]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
At Any PriceRamin BahraniUnited States
BetrayalIzmenaKirill SerebrennikovRussia
Dormant BeautyBella addormentataMarco BellocchioFrance, Italy
The Fifth SeasonLa cinquième saisonPeter Brosens, Jessica WoodworthBelgium, Netherlands, France
Fill the VoidLemale et ha'halalRama BurshteinIsrael
It Was the SonÈ stato il figlioDaniele CiprìItaly
Lines of WellingtonLinhas de WellingtonValeria SarmientoPortugal, France
The MasterPaul Thomas AndersonUnited States
Outrage BeyondAutoreiji Biyondo ( アウトレイジ ビヨンド )Takeshi KitanoJapan
Paradise: FaithParadies: GlaubeUlrich SeidlAustria, France, Germany
PassionBrian De PalmaFrance, Germany
PietàPieta ( 피에타 )Kim Ki-dukSouth Korea
Something in the AirAprès maiOlivier AssayasFrance
A Special Day (aka)Un giorno specialeFrancesca ComenciniItaly
Spring BreakersHarmony KorineUnited States
SuperstarXavier GiannoliFrance, Belgium
Thy WombSinapupunanBrillante MendozaPhilippines
To the WonderTerrence MalickUnited States

Out of Competition

The following films were selected for the out of competition section:[11]

Fiction
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Bait 3DKimble RendallAustralia, Singapore
The Company You KeepRobert RedfordUnited States
DisconnectHenry-Alex RubinUnited States
ForgottenDu hast es versprochenAlex SchmidtGermany
Gebo and the ShadowO Gebo e a SombraManoel de OliveiraPortugal, France
The IcemanAriel VromenUnited States
Looking for HortenseCherchez HortensePascal BonitzerFrance
Love Is All You NeedDen Skaldede FrisørSusanne BierDenmark, Sweden
The Man Who LaughsL’homme qui ritJean-Pierre AmerisFrance, Czech Republic
Penance (TV miniseries, 270')ShokuzaiKiyoshi KurosawaJapan
The Reluctant FundamentalistMira NairIndia, Pakistan, USA
Tai Chi 0Tai ji 1: Cong 0 kai shiStephen FungChina
Non-fiction
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Bad 25Spike LeeUnited States
Enzo Avitabile Music LifeJonathan DemmeItaly, USA
Lullaby to My FatherAmos GitaiIsrael, France, Switzerland
Peter Brook: The TightropeSimon BrookUK, France, Italy
Special Screenings
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Anton’s Right HereAnton tut ryadomLyubov ArkusRussia
Clarisse (short)Liliana CavaniItaly
N/ACome voglio che sia il mio futuroMaurizio ZaccaroItaly
The Human CargoLa nave dolceDaniele VicariItaly, Albania
ImpenetrableEl impenetrableDaniele Incalcaterra, Fausta QuattriniArgentina, France
It Was Better TomorrowYa man aachHinde BoujemaaTunisia
N/AMedici con l'AfricaCarlo MazzacuratiItaly
N/ASfiorando Il MuroSilvia Giralucci, Luca RicciardiItaly
Witness: LibyaAbdallah OmeishUnited States

Horizons

The following films were selected for the Horizons (Orizzonti) section:[12]

Feature films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Araf - Somewhere in BetweenArafYeşim UstaoğluTurkey
Balancing ActGli equilibristiIvano De MatteoItaly, France
Boxing DayBernard RoseUnited Kingdom, United States
The Cutoff ManMenatek Ha-MaimIdan HubelIsrael
Fly with the CraneGaosu tamen, wo cheng baihe qu leLi RuijunChina
A HijackingKapringenTobias LindholmDenmark
The IntervalL'intervalloLeonardo Di CostanzoItaly, Switzerland, Germany
LionsLeonesJazmin LopezArgentina, France, Netherlands
Low TideRoberto MinerviniUSA, Italy, Belgium
Me TooJa tozhe hochuAleksei BalabanovRussia
The Paternal HouseKhanéh PedariKianoosh AyariIran
Pretty ButterfliesBellas mariposasSalvatore MereuItaly
Tango libreFrédéric FonteyneBelgium, France, Luxembourg
Three Sisters (documentary)San zimeiWang BingFrance, Hong Kong
WadjdaHaifaa al-MansourSaudi Arabia, Germany
Winter of DiscontentEl sheita elli fatIbrahim El BatoutEgypt
YemaDjamila SahraouiAlgeria, France
The Millennial RaptureSennen no yurakuKoji WakamatsuJapan
Short films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
CargoCarlo SironiItaly
Diamond SutraJingang JingMing-Liang TsaiTaiwan
The FluteBansulliMin BhamNepal
N/AFrank-Étienne vers la béatitudeConstance MeyerFrance
I’m the OnePaola MorabitoAustralia
InvitationCho-DeMin-Young YooSouth Korea
Living Still LifeBertrand MandicoFrance, Belgium, Germany
N/ALuisa no está en casaCelia Rico ClavellinoSpain
Out Of FrameTitloi telousYorgos ZoisGreece
N/ALas manos limpiasCarlos ArmellaMexico
MarlaNick KingAustralia
Miracle BoyJake MahaffyUnited States
ResistanceResistenteRenate Costa Perdomo, Salla SorriDenmark, Paraguay, Finland
N/ALa salaAlessio GiannoneItaly
The TunerO AfinadorFernando Camargo, Matheus PariziBrazil
Highlighted title indicates the Orizzonti Award for Best Feature Film winner.

Venice Classics

The following selection of restored classic films and documentaries on cinema were screened for this section:[13]

Restored Classics
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The 10th Victim (1965)La decima vittimaElio PetriItaly
American Dreams (1984, documentary)James BenningUnited States
Carmen Comes Home (1951)Karumen kokyo ni kaeruKinoshita KeisukeJapan
Chimes at Midnight (1965)Campanadas a medianocheOrson WellesSpain
Fanny and Alexander (1982)Fanny och AlexanderIngmar BergmanSweden
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)Howard HawksUnited States
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)Joseph L. MankiewiczUnited States
Heaven’s Gate (1980)Michael CiminoUnited States
Himala ("Miracle") (1982)Ishmael BernalPhilippines
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospettoElio PetriItaly
The Mattei AffairIl caso MatteiFrancesco RosiItaly
Pigsty (1969)PorcilePier Paolo PasoliniItaly
Red Shirts (1952)Camicie rosseGoffredo Alessandrini, Francesco RosiItaly
Stromboli (1950)Stromboli, terra di DioRoberto RosselliniItaly
Sunset Blvd. (1950)Billy WilderUnited States
Tell Me Lies (1968)Peter BrookUnited Kingdom
To Be Twenty in the Aures (aka)Avoir 20 ans dans les Aurès (1972)René VautierFrance
Documentaries on Cinema
Title Director(s) Production country
Las versiones de campanadas a medianoche de Orson Welles (short)Luciano BerriatúaSpain
Monicelli: La versione di MarioMario Canale, Felice Farina, Mario Gianni, Wilma Labate, Annarosa MorriItaly
Gli anni delle immagini perduteAdolfo ContiItaly
Conteurs d'images (Dreamers)Noelle DeschampsFrance
Dai nostri inviati alla Mostra di VeneziaGiuseppe Giannotti, Enrico Salvatori, Davide SavelliItaly
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly FictionSophie HuberUSA, Switzerland
Miradas múltiples (La máquina loca)Emilio MailléMexico, France, Spain
La guerra dei vulcaniFrancesco PatiernoItaly
Valentino's GhostMichael SinghUnited States, India
Sedia Elettrica: il making of del film Io e TeMonica StrambiniItaly

«80!»

The following rare films from the Biennale's Historical Archives were screened for this retrospective section:[14]

Title Director(s) Production country
Ahora te vamos a llamar hermano (1971, short)Raoul RuizChile
A Bagful of Fleas (1963) (Pytel blech)Vera ChytilováCzechoslovakia
The Brigand (1961) (Il brigante)Renato CastellaniItaly
Dieu a besoin des hommes (God Needs Man) (1950)Jean DelannoyFrance
Free at Last (1968)Gregory Shuker, James Desmond, Nicholas ProferesUnited States
Gengis Khan (1950)Manuel Conde, Salvador LouPhilippines
The Last Night (Poslednjaja noc’) (1936)Julij Jakovlevic RajzmanSoviet Union
Mud-Covered City (Zablácené Mesto) (1963, short)Václav TáborskýCzechoslovakia
Pagine chiuse (1968)Gianni Da CampoItaly
Stress Is Three (Stress-es tres-tres) (1968)Carlos SauraSpain

Special Screenings

The following films of the Official Selection were presented as Special Screenings:[15]

Title Director(s) Production country
Carmel (2009)Amos GitaiIsrael, France, Italy
Convitto Falcone (Short)Pasquale ScimecaItaly
Hommage to Simone Massi (17 short films - 76 min.)Simone MassiItaly

Autonomous sections

Venice International Film Critics' Week

The following films were selected for the Critics' Week:[16][17]

In competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Eat Sleep DieÄta sova döGabriela PichlerSweden
The Ideal CityLa città idealeLuigi Lo CascioItaly
MoldKüfAli AydınTurkey, Germany
A Month in ThailandO luna in ThailandiaPaul NegoescuRomania
She Doesn't Want to Sleep AloneNo quiero dormir solaNatalia BeristainMexico
Welcome HomeWelcome HomeTom HeeneBelgium
LotusXiao heLiu ShuChina
Special Events - Out of competition
Line-up Title Director(s) Production country
Opening filmWaterNir Sa'ar, Maya Sarfaty, Mohammad Fuad, Yona Rozenkier, Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Bargouthi, Pini Tavger, Tal HaringIsrael, Palestinian Territories, France
Closing filmKiss of the DamnedXan CassavetesUnited States

Venice Days

The following films were selected for the Venice Days section:[18][19][20]

In competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
BlondieJesper GanslandtSweden
CrawlHervé LasgouttesFrance
EpilogueHayuta ve BerlAmir ManorIsrael
N/AIl GemelloVincenzo MarraItaly
InheritanceHéritageHiam AbbassFrance, Israel, Turkey
Keep SmilingGaigimetRusudan ChkoniaFrance, Georgia, Luxembourg
Kinshasa KidsMarc-Henri WajnbergBelgium, France
PinocchioEnzo D'AlòFrance
Queen of MontreuilSólveig AnspachFrance
SteelAcciaioStefano MordiniItaly
Stories We TellSarah PolleyCanada
The WeightMugeJeon Kyu-hwanSouth Korea
Special Events
Title Director(s) Country
TerramattaCostanza QuatriglioItaly
Non mi avete convintoFilippo VendemmiatiItaly
Bob Wilson's Life and Death of Marina AbramovićGiada ColagrandeItaly
L'uomo che amava il cinemaMarco SegatoItaly
6 sull'autobusSimone Dante Antonelli, Giacomo Bisordi, Rita de Donato, Irene di Lelio, Antonio Ligas, Emiliano RussoItaly
Venice Nights
Title Director(s) Country
Le cose belleAgostino Ferrente, Giovanni PipernoItaly
Francesco De Gregori. Finestre rotteStefano PistoliniItaly
The Golden TempleEnrico MasiItaly, UK
My Friend JohnnyAlessandra CardoneItaly
Nozze d'AgostoAndrea ParenaItaly
Il risveglio del fiume segretoAlessandro ScillitaniItaly
TralalaMasbedoItaly
Miu Miu Women's Tales
Title Director(s) Country
It’s Getting Late (8,3 min)Massy TadjedinItaly, USA
Meshes of the Afternoon (14 min)Maya DerenUnited States
Muta (6,5 min)Lucrecia MartelItaly, Argentina, Paraguay
The Powder Room (2,5 min)Zoe CassavetesItaly, UK
The Woman Dress (6,8 min)Giada ColagrandeItaly, USA
Special Projects (Cinema Corsaro)
Title Director(s) Country
Gli intrepidiGiovanni CioniItaly
Iolanda tra bimba e corsaraTonino De BernardiItaly
GamesAlessio Di ZioUnited States
Fame in CaliforniaAlessio Di ZioUnited States
TacomaAlessio Di ZioUnited States
Vers Madrid: The Burning Bright (Work in progress)Sylvain GeorgeSpain, France
Le tigri di Mompracem (TV Mini-Series 1974- )Ugo GregorettiItaly
Carmela, salvata dai filibustieri (Carmela, Saved by the Buccaneers)Giovanni Maderna, Mauro SantiniItaly
Materiali preparatori inediti per il film: "Altrove" (40 min)Corso SalaniItaly
Egh c'è e non c'è - Carta bianca a Enrico GhezziEnrico GhezziItaly
Lux Prize
English title Original title Director(s) Country
Just the WindCsak a szélBenedek FliegaufHungary
Shun Li and the PoetIo sono LiAndrea SegreItaly
TabuMiguel GomesPortugal, Germany, Brazil, France

Awards

Official selection

The following Official Awards were conferred at the 69th edition:[21]

In Competition (Venezia 69)

Horizons (Orizzonti)

  • Best Film: Three Sisters (San zimei) by Wang Bing
  • Special Jury Prize: Tango libre by Frédéric Fonteyne
  • Horizons YouTube Award for Best Short Film: Invitation (Cho-De) by Min-Young Yoo
  • European Film Awards (short film): Out Of Frame (Titloi telous) by Yorgos Zois

Special Awards

Autonomous sections

The following official and collateral awards were conferred to films of the autonomous sections:

Venice International Film Critics' Week

  • Lion of the Future
"Luigi de Laurentis" Award for a Debut Film: Mold (Küf) by Ali Aydın

Venice Days (Giornati degli Autori)

Other collateral awards

The following collateral awards were conferred to films of the official selection:[22]

Special mention: Fill the Void (Lemale et ha'halal) by Rama Burshtein
  • Francesco Pasinetti (SNGCI) Award
  • Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola Award: Pieta (È stato il figlio) by Kim Ki-duk
Cinema for UNICEF mention: It Was the Son (È stato il figlio) by Daniele Ciprì
  • Brian Award: Dormant Beauty (Bella Addormentata) by Marco Bellocchio
  • Queer Lion Award (Associazione Cinemarte): The Weight (Muge) by Jeon Kyu-hwan
  • Arca CinemaGiovani Award - Venezia 69: The Fifth Season (La Cinquième saison) by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth
  • Biografilm Lancia Award (ex-aequo): The Human Cargo (La nave dolce) by Daniele Vicari & Bad25 by Spike Lee (Out of competition)
  • Bisato d'Oro Award:
    • Best Film: Bellas Mariposas by Salvatore Mereu
    • Best Director: Jazmín López for Lions (Leones)
    • Best Actress: Nora Aunor for Thy Womb
  • CICT - UNESCO "Enrico Fulchignoni" Award: The Interval by Leonardo Di Costanzo (Horizons)
  • CICAE - Cinema d’Arte e d’Essai Award: Wadjda by Haifaa Al Mansour (Horizons)
  • CinemAvvenire Award:
    • Best film - Venezia 69: Paradies: Glaube by Ulrich Seidl
    • Best film - Il cerchio non è rotondo: Wadjda by Haifaa Al Mansour (Horizons)
  • FEDIC Award: The Interval by Leonardo Di Costanzo (Horizons)
Special mention: Bellas Mariposas by Salvatore Mereu
Special mention: Spring Breakers by Harmony Korine
  • P. Nazareno Taddei Award: Pieta by Kim Ki-duk
Special mention: Thy Womb (Sinapupunan) by Brillante Mendoza
  • Lanterna Magica (CGS) Award: The Interval by Leonardo Di Costanzo (Horizons)
  • Open Award: The Company You Keep by Robert Redford (Out of competition)
  • La Navicella – Venezia Cinema Award: Thy Womb by Brillante Mendoza
  • AIF - FORFILMFEST Award: The Interval by Leonardo Di Costanzo (Horizons)
  • Golden Mouse: Pieta by Kim Ki-duk
  • Silver Mouse: Anton's Right Here (Anton tut ryadom) by Lyubov Arkus (Out of competition)
  • UK - Italy Creative Industries Award – Best Innovative Budget Award: The Interval by Leonardo Di Costanzo (Horizons)
  • Gillo Pontecorvo - Arcobaleno Latino Award: Laura Delli Colli
  • Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Award: Low Tide by Roberto Minervini (Horizons)
  • Interfilm Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue: Wadjda by Haifaa Al Mansour (Horizons)
  • Giovani Giurati del Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award: The Company You Keep by Robert Redford (Out of competition)
Special mention: Toni Servillo for his role in It Was the Son
  • Green Drop Award: The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth

Controversy over Golden Lion

The jury led by filmmaker Michael Mann originally was to award the top Golden Lion prize to Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, along with the Silver Lion Best Director award and the Best Actor award.[24][25][26] However, because of festival's new rule prohibiting pairing the Golden Lion with any other prizes, the jury was asked "to re-deliberate to remove" one of the awards for The Master, and the Golden Lion was awarded to Kim Ki-duk's Pietà instead.[24][26] On the other hand, the jury was planned to award the Coppa Volpi for the Best Actress prize to Jo Min-su, who acted Jang Mi-sun in Pietà. However, because of the festival's new rule, the jury couldn't award a prize to Jo Min-su.[27] In the official reception which was held after the festival was over, many juries, such as Samantha Morton and Peter Chan met Jo, saying that "Jo's acting was touching that changed my life. I shed tears of Jo's play."[28][29]

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