68th Venice International Film Festival

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68th Venice International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening film The Ides of March
Location Venice, Italy
Founded 1932
Awards Golden Lion - Faust
Silver Lion - Cai Shangjun (People Mountain People Sea)
Festival date 31 August – 10 September 2011
Website Website
Venice Film Festival chronology

The 68th annual Venice International Film Festival was held in Venice, Italy between 31 August and 10 September 2011.[1] American film director Darren Aronofsky was announced as the Head of the Jury.[2] American actor and film director Al Pacino was presented with the Glory to the Film-maker award on 4 September, prior to the premiere of his upcoming film Wilde Salomé.[3] Marco Bellocchio was awarded with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in September.[4] The festival opened with the American film The Ides of March, directed by George Clooney.[5]

Films in competition

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy N/A Tomas Alfredson United Kingdom, France
Wuthering Heights N/A Andrea Arnold United Kingdom
People Mountain People Sea 人山人海, Ren shan ren hai Cai Shangjun China, Hong Kong
Texas Killing Fields N/A Ami Canaan Mann United States
The Ides of March N/A George Clooney United States
When the Night Quando la notte Cristina Comencini Italy
Terraferma N/A Emanuele Crialese Italy
A Dangerous Method N/A David Cronenberg Germany, Canada
4:44 Last Day on Earth N/A Abel Ferrara United States
Killer Joe N/A William Friedkin United States
A Burning Hot Summer (That Summer) Un été brûlant Philippe Garrel France
The Last Man on Earth L'Ultimo Terrestre Gipi Italy
A Simple Life 桃姐, Taojie Ann Hui Hong Kong
The Exchange Hahithalfut Eran Kolirin Israel, Germany
Alps Άλπεις, Alpis Yorgos Lanthimos Greece
Shame N/A Steve McQueen United Kingdom
Carnage N/A Roman Polanski France, Germany, Spain, Poland
Faust Фауст Alexander Sokurov Russia
Dark Horse N/A Todd Solondz United States
Himizu ヒミズ Sion Sono Japan
Chicken with Plums Poulet aux prunes Marjane Satrapi and
Vincent Paronnaud
France, Belgium, Germany
Life Without Principle 奪命金, Dyut ming gam Johnnie To Hong Kong
Seediq Bale
賽德克·巴萊, Sài dé kè ba lái
(in Taiwanese Mandarin)
Wei Te-sheng Taiwan

Films out of competition

Feature films

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Almayer's Folly La Folie Almayer Chantal Akerman Belgium and France
The Sorcerer and the White Snake 白蛇傳說之法海, Baish echuanshuo Tony Ching Siu-Tung China and Hong Kong
Summer Games Giochi d'estate Rolando Colla Switzerland and Italy
Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Politician تحرير 2011: الطيب والشرس والسياسي Tamer Ezzat, Ahmad Abdalla, Ayten Amin and Amr Salama Egypt
La Désintégration N/A Philippe Faucon Belgium
The Moth Diaries N/A Mary Harron Canada and Ireland
Vivan las Antipodas! N/A Victor Kossakovsky Germany, Argentina, Netherlands, Chile and Russia
Alois Nebel N/A Tomáš Luňák Czech Republic and Germany
W.E N/A Madonna United Kingdom
Eva N/A Kike Maillo Spain and France
Scossa N/A Francesco Maselli, Carlo Lizzani, Ugo Gregoretti and Nino Russo Italy
La Clé des champs N/A Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou France
Il Villaggio di Cartone N/A Ermanno Olmi Italy
Wilde Salomé N/A Al Pacino United States
Tormented N/A Takashi Shimizu Japan
Contagion N/A Steven Soderbergh United States
Violet Wister's Damsels in Distress N/A Whit Stillman United States


English title Original title Director(s) Production country
In the Name of the Father
(Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement)
Nel nome del padre Marco Bellocchio Italy
Mildred Pierce
(Tribute to Todd Haynes)
N/A Todd Haynes United States
(Mani Kaul: 25.12.1944-6.7.2011)
N/A Mani Kaul India
Questa storia qua N/A Alessandro Paris and Sibylle Righetti Italy
We Can't Go Home Again
(Nicholas Ray 1911-2011)
N/A Nicholas Ray United States
Don't Expect too Much
(Nicholas Ray 1911-2011)
N/A Susan Ray United States
India: Matri Bhumi
(Rossellini Ritrovato)
N/A Roberto Rossellini Italy
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel N/A Lisa Immordino Vreeland United States

Short films

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The End N/A Collectif Abounaddara Syria
Vanguard N/A Collectif Abounaddara Syria
Evolution (Megaplex) N/A Marco Brambilla United States
Marco Bellocchio, Venezia N/A Pietro Marcello Italy
La Meditazione Di Hayez N/A Mario Martone Italy
Joule N/A David Zamagni and Nadia Ranocchi Italy
Spell. The Hypnotist Dog N/A David Zamagni and Nadia Ranocchi Italy
Suite N/A David Zamagni and Nadia Ranocchi Italy


Feature films

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
L'Oiseau N/A Yves Caumon France
Hail N/A Amiel Courtin-Wilson Australia
Nocturnos N/A Edgardo Cozarinsky Argentina
Amore Carne N/A Pippo Delbono Italy and Switzerland
Sal N/A James Franco United States
Whores' Glory N/A Michael Glawogger Austria and Germany
P-047 N/A Kongdej Jaturanrasmee Thailand
Die Herde des Herrn N/A Romuald Karmakar Germany
Stateless Things Jultak dongshi Kim Kyong-mook South Korea
Swirl Girimunho Helvécio Marins, Jr. and Clarissa Campolina Brazil, Spain and Germany
Photographic Memory N/A Ross McElwee United States and France
Cut N/A Amir Naderi Japan
Hollywood Talkies N/A Oscar Perez and Maria Del Mar De Ribot Spain
The Invader N/A Nicolas Provost Belgium
Shock Head Soul N/A Simon Pummel Netherlands and United Kingdom
Two Years at Sea N/A Ben Rivers United Kingdom
Alms of the Blind Horse Anhe Ghore Da Daan Gurvinder Singh India
The Orator O le tulafale Tusi Tamasese New Zealand and Samoa
Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbours N/A Rirkrit Tiravanija Thailand and Mexico
Verano N/A José Luis Torres Leiva Chile
Kotoko N/A Shinya Tsukamoto Japan
Le Petit poucet N/A Marina de Van France
Swan Cisne Teresa Villaverde Portugal
The Sword Identity Wokou de zongji Haofeng Xu China
Would You Have Sex with an Arab? N/A Yolande Zauberman France


English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The Annunciation N/A Eija-Liisa Ahtila Finland
Century of Birthing Siglo ng pagluluwal Lav Diaz Philippines
Il silenzio di pelesjan N/A Pietro Marcello Italy
Birmingham Ornament N/A Andrey Silvestrov and Yuri Leiderman Russia
Monkey Sandwich N/A Wim Vandekeybus Belgium

Medium-length and short films

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Palaces of Pity Palácios de pena Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt Portugal
The Sun's Incubator Hadinat al shams Ammar Al-Beik Syria
Piattaforma Luna N/A Yuri Ancarini Italy
Accidentes Gloriosos N/A Mauro Andrizzi and Marcus Lindeen Sweden, Denmark and Argentina
Hypercrisis N/A Josef Dabernig Austria
In attesa dell'avvento N/A Felice D'Agostino and Arturo Lavorato Italy
Snow Canon N/A Mati Diop France
The Golden Bird Sonchidi Amit Dutta India
Parabeton. Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete N/A Heinz Emigholz Germany
Movimenti di un tempo impossible N/A Flatform Italy
From Tokyo Iz Tokio Aleksej German, Jr. Russia
Notes sur nos voyages en Russie 1989-1990 N/A Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci-Lucchi Italy
Meteor N/A Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller Germany
Start N/A Mattias Gustafsson Sweden
663114 N/A Isamu Hirabayashi Japan
Late and Deep N/A Devin Horan Norway
Louyre – This Our Still Life N/A Andrew Kötting United Kingdom
Passing Through the Night N/A Wattanapume Laisuwanchai Thailand
Black Mirror at the National Gallery N/A Mark Lewis Canada
All the Lines Flow Out N/A Charles Lim Yi Yong Singapore
Modern N° 2 N/A Mirai Mizue Japan
Dialogical Abrasion Dialogischer Abrieb Yves Netzhammer Switzerland
The Tracks of My Tears 2 N/A Axel Petersén Sweden
Conference N/A Norbert Pfaffenbichler Austria
Moving Stories N/A Nicolas Provost Belgium
River Rites N/A Ben Russell United States
Miss Candace Hilligoss' Flickering Halo N/A Fabio Scacchioloi and Vincenzo Core Italy

Independent sections

International Critics' Week

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
El Campo N/A Hernán Belón Argentina
La Terre Outragée N/A Michale Boganim France, Germany, Poland and Ukraine
Marécages N/A Guy Édoin Canada
Stockholm East Stockholm Östra Simon Kaijser da Silva Sweden
Totem N/A Jessica Krummacher Germany
Missione di Pace N/A Fancesco Lagi Italy
Là-Bas N/A Guido Lombardi Italy
Louise Wimmer N/A Cyril Mennegun France
El Lenguaje de los Machetes N/A Kyzza Terraza Mexico

Venice Days

The following films are set to be screened as part of the Venice Days section:[6]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Another Silence N/A Santiago Amigorena France, Canada, Brazil and Argentina
My Name Is Ki N/A Ladzek Dawid Poland
Beyond the Glass Di là del vetro Andrea di Bari Italy
Ruggine N/A Daniele Gaglianone Italy
Guilty Présumé coupable Vincent Garenq France
All Our Desires Toutes nos envies Philippe Lioret France
Historias... Que So Existem Quando Lembradas N/A Julia Murat Brazil and France
Twilight Portrait Портрет в сумерках Angelina Nikonova Russia
Io Sono Li N/A Andrea Segre Italy and France
Last Winter Hiver dernier John Shank Belgium and France
Café de Flore N/A Jean-Marc Vallée Canada and France
Love and Bruises N/A Lou Ye France
Habibi N/A Susan Youssef Palestine, United Arab Emirates and Netherlands
Special Events
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Testimony Edut Shlomi Elkabetz Israel
Voi Siete Qui N/A Francesco Matero Italy
Cuba in the Age of Obama Cuba Nell'Epoca di Obama Gianni Minà Italy
The Kaiser of California Der Kaiser von Kalifornien Luis Trenker Germany
Crazy Horse N/A Frederick Wiseman France and United States
Open Space
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
La Penna di Hemingway N/A Renzo Carbonera Italy
Hit the Road, Nonna N/A Duccio Chiarini Italy
The Forgotten World Cup Mundial olvidado Lorenzo Garzella and Filippo Macelloni Italy and Argentina
Radici N/A Carlo Luglio Italy
Più Coma Un Artista N/A Elisabetta Pandimiglio Italy
Dietro il Buio N/A Giorgio Pressburger Italy
Valdagno, Arizona N/A Pyoor Italy and United States

In addition, the three nominees for the European Parliament's 2011 Lux Prize will receive screenings as part of this section. The films are Attenberg by Athina Rachel Tsangari, The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Robert Guédiguian and Play by Ruben Östlund.


International competition[7]
Controcampo Italiano
"Luigi De Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film


Venezia 68


  • Premio Orizzonti (Orizzonti prize): Kotoko by Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)
  • Special Orizzonti jury prize: Whores' Glory by Michael Glawogger (Austria, Germany)
  • Premio Orizzonti awards for medium-length film: Accidentes Gloriosos by Mauro Andrizzi and Marcus Lindeen (Sweden, Denmark, Germany)
  • Premio Orizzonti award for short film: In attesa dell'avvento by Felice D'Agostino and Arturo Lavorato (Italy)
  • Special Mentions:
    • O Le Tulafale (The Orator) by Tusi Tamasese (New Zealand, Samoa)
    • All The Lines Flow Out by Charles LIM Yi Yong (Singapore)

Collateral Prizes

  • Leoncino d'oro Agiscuola: Carnage by Roman Polanski;
  • 32/a segnalazione Cinema for UNICEF: Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese;
  • Premio del pubblico Kino della Settimana della critica: La-bas by Guido Lombardi;
  • Premio Label by Europa Cinemas for best European film in Venice Days section: Présumé coupable by Vincent Garenq;
  • Premio 'Francesco Pasinetti' by Sngci for best film: Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese;
  • Premio Pasinetti for best debut: The Last Man on Earth by Gian Alfonso Pacinotti;
  • Premio Fondazione Mimmo Rotella: The Last Man on Earth by Gian Alfonso Pacinotti and special mention for Pasta nera by Alessandro Piva;
  • Premio del Dipartimento per le Pari Opportunita' a Tao jie by Ann Hui;
  • Biografilm Lancia Award: Black Block by Carlo Augusto Bachschmidt;
  • Future Film Festival Digital Award: Faust by Alexander Sokurov and special mention for Kotoko by Shinya Tsukamoto;
  • Queer Lion for the best Movie with LGBT Themes & Queer Culture: Wilde Salomé by Al Pacino;
  • Brian Prize by UAAR: The Ides of March by George Clooney.


  1. ^ "68th Venice International Film Festival". labiennale.org. 17 April 2011. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Darren Aronofsky to head Venice film festival jury". BBC News. 27 April 2011. Archived from the original on 6 May 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Al Pacino to receive special award at Venice Festival". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Archived from the original on 6 May 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cannes Film Festival to honour jailed Iranian directors". BBC News. 11 May 2011. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (22 June 2011). "Venice confirms 'Ides' as opener". Variety. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (26 July 2011). "Wiseman strip club docu plays at Venice Days". Variety. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Juries for the 2000s". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
  • 68th Venice Film Festival 2011
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