69th Venice International Film Festival

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69th Venice International Film Festival
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Festival poster
Opening film The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Closing film The Man Who Laughs
Location Venice, Italy
Founded 1932
Awards Golden Lion: Pietà by Kim Ki-duk
Silver Lion: Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)
Hosted by Kasia Smutniak
Festival date 29 August – 8 September 2012
Website Website
Venice Film Festival chronology

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]

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 Price Ramin Bahrani United States
Betrayal Izmena Kirill Serebrennikov Russia
Dormant Beauty Bella addormentata Marco Bellocchio France, Italy
The Fifth Season La cinquième saison Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth Belgium, Netherlands, France
Fill the Void Lemale et ha'halal Rama Burshtein Israel
It Was the Son È stato il figlio Daniele Ciprì Italy
Lines of Wellington Linhas de Wellington Valeria Sarmiento Portugal, France
The Master Paul Thomas Anderson United States
Outrage Beyond Autoreiji Biyondo ( アウトレイジ ビヨンド ) Takeshi Kitano Japan
Paradise: Faith Paradies: Glaube Ulrich Seidl Austria, France, Germany
Passion Brian De Palma France, Germany
Pietà Pieta ( 피에타 ) Kim Ki-duk South Korea
Something in the Air Après mai Olivier Assayas France
A Special Day (aka) Un giorno speciale Francesca Comencini Italy
Spring Breakers Harmony Korine United States
Superstar Xavier Giannoli France, Belgium
Thy Womb Sinapupunan Brillante Mendoza Philippines
To the Wonder Terrence Malick United 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 3D Kimble Rendall Australia, Singapore
The Company You Keep Robert Redford United States
Disconnect Henry-Alex Rubin United States
Forgotten Du hast es versprochen Alex Schmidt Germany
Gebo and the Shadow O Gebo e a Sombra Manoel de Oliveira Portugal, France
The Iceman Ariel Vromen United States
Looking for Hortense Cherchez Hortense Pascal Bonitzer France
Love Is All You Need Den Skaldede Frisør Susanne Bier Denmark, Sweden
The Man Who Laughs L’homme qui rit Jean-Pierre Ameris France, Czech Republic
Penance (TV miniseries, 270') Shokuzai Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mira Nair India, Pakistan, USA
Tai Chi 0 Tai ji 1: Cong 0 kai shi Stephen Fung China
Non-fiction
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Bad 25 Spike Lee United States
Enzo Avitabile Music Life Jonathan Demme Italy, USA
Lullaby to My Father Amos Gitai Israel, France, Switzerland
Peter Brook: The Tightrope Simon Brook UK, France, Italy
Special Screenings
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Anton’s Right Here Anton tut ryadom Lyubov Arkus Russia
Clarisse (short) Liliana Cavani Italy
N/A Come voglio che sia il mio futuro Maurizio Zaccaro Italy
The Human Cargo La nave dolce Daniele Vicari Italy, Albania
Impenetrable El impenetrable Daniele Incalcaterra, Fausta Quattrini Argentina, France
It Was Better Tomorrow Ya man aach Hinde Boujemaa Tunisia
N/A Medici con l'Africa Carlo Mazzacurati Italy
N/A Sfiorando Il Muro Silvia Giralucci, Luca Ricciardi Italy
Witness: Libya Abdallah Omeish United 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 Between Araf Yeşim Ustaoğlu Turkey
Balancing Act Gli equilibristi Ivano De Matteo Italy, France
Boxing Day Bernard Rose United Kingdom, United States
The Cutoff Man Menatek Ha-Maim Idan Hubel Israel
Fly with the Crane Gaosu tamen, wo cheng baihe qu le Li Ruijun China
A Hijacking Kapringen Tobias Lindholm Denmark
The Interval L'intervallo Leonardo Di Costanzo Italy, Switzerland, Germany
Lions Leones Jazmin Lopez Argentina, France, Netherlands
Low Tide Roberto Minervini USA, Italy, Belgium
Me Too Ja tozhe hochu Aleksei Balabanov Russia
The Paternal House Khanéh Pedari Kianoosh Ayari Iran
Pretty Butterflies Bellas mariposas Salvatore Mereu Italy
Tango libre Frédéric Fonteyne Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Three Sisters (documentary) San zimei Wang Bing France, Hong Kong
Wadjda Haifaa al-Mansour Saudi Arabia, Germany
Winter of Discontent El sheita elli fat Ibrahim El Batout Egypt
Yema Djamila Sahraoui Algeria, France
The Millennial Rapture Sennen no yuraku Koji Wakamatsu Japan
Short films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Cargo Carlo Sironi Italy
Diamond Sutra Jingang Jing Ming-Liang Tsai Chinese Taipei
The Flute Bansulli Min Bham Nepal
N/A Frank-Étienne vers la béatitude Constance Meyer France
I’m the One Paola Morabito Australia
Invitation Cho-De Min-Young Yoo South Korea
Living Still Life Bertrand Mandico France, Belgium, Germany
N/A Luisa no está en casa Celia Rico Clavellino Spain
Out Of Frame Titloi telous Yorgos Zois Greece
N/A Las manos limpias Carlos Armella Mexico
Marla Nick King Australia
Miracle Boy Jake Mahaffy United States
Resistance Resistente Renate Costa Perdomo, Salla Sorri Denmark, Paraguay, Finland
N/A La sala Alessio Giannone Italy
The Tuner O Afinador Fernando Camargo, Matheus Parizi Brazil
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 vittima Elio Petri Italy
American Dreams (1984, documentary) James Benning United States
Carmen Comes Home (1951) Karumen kokyo ni kaeru Kinoshita Keisuke Japan
Chimes at Midnight (1965) Campanadas a medianoche Orson Welles Spain
Fanny and Alexander (1982) Fanny och Alexander Ingmar Bergman Sweden
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Howard Hawks United States
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) Joseph L. Mankiewicz United States
Heaven’s Gate (1980) Michael Cimino United States
Himala ("Miracle") (1982) Ishmael Bernal Philippines
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto Elio Petri Italy
The Mattei Affair Il caso Mattei Francesco Rosi Italy
Pigsty (1969) Porcile Pier Paolo Pasolini Italy
Red Shirts (1952) Camicie rosse Goffredo Alessandrini, Francesco Rosi Italy
Stromboli (1950) Stromboli, terra di Dio Roberto Rossellini Italy
Sunset Blvd. (1950) Billy Wilder United States
Tell Me Lies (1968) Peter Brook United Kingdom
To Be Twenty in the Aures (aka) Avoir 20 ans dans les Aurès (1972) René Vautier France
Documentaries on Cinema
Title Director(s) Production country
Las versiones de campanadas a medianoche de Orson Welles (short) Luciano Berriatúa Spain
Monicelli: La versione di Mario Mario Canale, Felice Farina, Mario Gianni, Wilma Labate, Annarosa Morri Italy
Gli anni delle immagini perdute Adolfo Conti Italy
Conteurs d'images (Dreamers) Noelle Deschamps France
Dai nostri inviati alla Mostra di Venezia Giuseppe Giannotti, Enrico Salvatori, Davide Savelli Italy
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Sophie Huber USA, Switzerland
Miradas múltiples (La máquina loca) Emilio Maillé Mexico, France, Spain
La guerra dei vulcani Francesco Patierno Italy
Valentino's Ghost Michael Singh United States, India
Sedia Elettrica: il making of del film Io e Te Monica Strambini Italy

«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 Ruiz Chile
A Bagful of Fleas (1963) (Pytel blech) Vera Chytilová Czechoslovakia
The Brigand (1961) (Il brigante) Renato Castellani Italy
Dieu a besoin des hommes (God Needs Man) (1950) Jean Delannoy France
Free at Last (1968) Gregory Shuker, James Desmond, Nicholas Proferes United States
Gengis Khan (1950) Manuel Conde, Salvador Lou Philippines
The Last Night (Poslednjaja noc’) (1936) Julij Jakovlevic Rajzman Soviet Union
Mud-Covered City (Zablácené Mesto) (1963, short) Václav Táborský Czechoslovakia
Pagine chiuse (1968) Gianni Da Campo Italy
Stress Is Three (Stress-es tres-tres) (1968) Carlos Saura Spain

Special Screenings

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

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

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 Die Äta sova dö Gabriela Pichler Sweden
The Ideal City La città ideale Luigi Lo Cascio Italy
Mold Küf Ali Aydın Turkey, Germany
A Month in Thailand O luna in Thailandia Paul Negoescu Romania
She Doesn't Want to Sleep Alone No quiero dormir sola Natalia Beristain Mexico
Welcome Home Welcome Home Tom Heene Belgium
Lotus Xiao he Liu Shu China
Special Events - Out of competition
Line-up Title Director(s) Production country
Opening film Water Nir Sa'ar, Maya Sarfaty, Mohammad Fuad, Yona Rozenkier, Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Bargouthi, Pini Tavger, Tal Haring Israel, Palestinian Territories, France
Closing film Kiss of the Damned Xan Cassavetes United 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
Blondie Jesper Ganslandt Sweden
Crawl Hervé Lasgouttes France
Epilogue Hayuta ve Berl Amir Manor Israel
N/A Il Gemello Vincenzo Marra Italy
Inheritance Héritage Hiam Abbass France, Israel, Turkey
Keep Smiling Gaigimet Rusudan Chkonia France, Georgia, Luxembourg
Kinshasa Kids Marc-Henri Wajnberg Belgium, France
Pinocchio Enzo D'Alò France
Queen of Montreuil Sólveig Anspach France
Steel Acciaio Stefano Mordini Italy
Stories We Tell Sarah Polley Canada
The Weight Muge Jeon Kyu-hwan South Korea
Special Events
Title Director(s) Country
Terramatta Costanza Quatriglio Italy
Non mi avete convinto Filippo Vendemmiati Italy
Bob Wilson's Life and Death of Marina Abramović Giada Colagrande Italy
L'uomo che amava il cinema Marco Segato Italy
6 sull'autobus Simone Dante Antonelli, Giacomo Bisordi, Rita de Donato, Irene di Lelio, Antonio Ligas, Emiliano Russo Italy
Venice Nights
Title Director(s) Country
Le cose belle Agostino Ferrente, Giovanni Piperno Italy
Francesco De Gregori. Finestre rotte Stefano Pistolini Italy
The Golden Temple Enrico Masi Italy, UK
My Friend Johnny Alessandra Cardone Italy
Nozze d'Agosto Andrea Parena Italy
Il risveglio del fiume segreto Alessandro Scillitani Italy
Tralala Masbedo Italy
Miu Miu Women’s Tales
Title Director(s) Country
It’s Getting Late (8,3 min) Massy Tadjedin Italy, USA
Meshes of the Afternoon (14 min) Maya Deren United States
Muta (6,5 min) Lucrecia Martel Italy, Argentina, Paraguay
The Powder Room (2,5 min) Zoe Cassavetes Italy, UK
The Woman Dress (6,8 min) Giada Colagrande Italy, USA
Special Projects (Cinema Corsaro)
Title Director(s) Country
Gli intrepidi Giovanni Cioni Italy
Iolanda tra bimba e corsara Tonino De Bernardi Italy
Games Alessio Di Zio United States
Fame in California Alessio Di Zio United States
Tacoma Alessio Di Zio United States
Vers Madrid: The Burning Bright (Work in progress) Sylvain George Spain, France
Le tigri di Mompracem (TV Mini-Series 1974- ) Ugo Gregoretti Italy
Carmela, salvata dai filibustieri (Carmela, Saved by the Buccaneers) Giovanni Maderna, Mauro Santini Italy
Materiali preparatori inediti per il film: "Altrove" (40 min) Corso Salani Italy
Egh c'è e non c'è - Carta bianca a Enrico Ghezzi Enrico Ghezzi Italy
Lux Prize
English title Original title Director(s) Country
Just the Wind Csak a szél Benedek Fliegauf Hungary
Shun Li and the Poet Io sono Li Andrea Segre Italy
Tabu Miguel Gomes Portugal, Germany, Brazil, France

Awards

Official selection

The following Official Awards were confered 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
    • Best Film: The Interval by Leonardo Di Costanzo (Horizons)
    • Best Documentary: The Human Cargo (La nave dolce) by Daniele Vicari (Out of Competition)
    • Best Actor: Valerio Mastandrea for Balancing Act (Gli equilibristi) (Horizons)
    • Pasinetti Speciale: Clarisse by Liliana Cavani (Out of Competition)
  • 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 at the Kim Ki-duk's 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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  27. ^ Sung, Hahoon (9 September 2012). "김기덕 감독 황금사자상 수상 "한국 영화계가 해준 게 없다"" (in Korean). OhmyNews.
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External links

  • Official website
  • Venice Film Festival 2012 Awards on IMDb
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