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71st Venice International Film Festival, August 27 - September 6
26 August 2014
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The 71st Venice International Film Festival, running on Venice Lido from 27th August to 6th September 2014, comes with numerous world and international premieres. Starting from tomorrow audiences will attend films by Abel Ferrara, Fatih Akin, Roy Andersson, Alejandro Inarritu, David Gordon Green, Andrei Konchalovsky and Joshua Oppenheimer, to name few. 

The aim of the oldest international film festival in the world is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.

People, cranes and golden lions in Venice

“Festivals are often expected to provide something they cannot supply. And just as often, we do not demand of festivals what they must necessarily provide: not just a snapshot of the present, but the capacity to see things in a different light, to perceive what sometimes remains invisible or unclear, to come into contact with a different idea of cinema, to sniff out new alternative routes, or others that are simply coming into being” Artistic Director Alberto Barbera says in his 71st edition introduction.

Balkan film and co-productions at the 71st Venice IFF:

Venezia 71 Section
The Cut by Fatih Akin, Germany/France/Italy/Russia/Canada/Poland/Turkey, 138΄ 

Sivas by Kaan Mujdeci, Turkey/Germany, 97΄

Horizons Section
Art by Adrian Sitaru, Romania, 19΄ 

These Are The Rules by Ognjen Svilicic, Croatia/France/Serbia/F.Y.R.O.M, 77΄  

Venice Classics Section
Bride by Omer Lutfi Akad, Turkey, 1973, 87΄

International Critics’ Week Section
Dancing With Maria by Ivan Gergolet, Italy/Argentina/Slovenia, 72΄

No One’s Child by Vuk Rsumovic, Serbia, 95΄ 

Two American filmmakers, film editor Thelma Schoonmaker and director Frederick Wiseman are the recipients of the Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement of the 71st Venice IFF.
The Sala Web
Streaming films for the third consecutive year, The Sala Web section will make titles available worldwide for an exclusive five-day window beginning on the date of their official presentation at the festival. Ognjen Svilicic’s These Are The Rules is the Balkan film to be streamed along with 10 other features.

Venice Film Market
Venice Film Market, the business platform dedicated to cinema professionals attending the 71st Venice IFF, runs during the first days of the festival, from Thursday 28th August to Tuesday 2nd September. Its aim is to enhance the needs and the expectations of producers, distributors, buyers, sellers, agents and film promotion agencies. 

A new service of this year΄s edition is the launch of the first European Gap Financing Co-Production Market, taking place from August 29th and 30th, a co-production market presenting 15 European projects which have secured at least 70% of their financing. One-to-one meetings will be organized between the selected projects producers and international financiers, sales agents, distributors, post-production companies, film funds, film commissions etc. 

Out of 15 selected projects 4 come from the Balkans:
Freedom Or Die by Vladimir Blazevski, F.Y.R.O.M./France

Il Rumeno by Catalin Mitulescu, Romania/Italy/Sweden

Interruption by Yorgos Zois, Greece/Croatia/France 

Sworn Virgin by Laura Bispuri, Italy/Albania/Germany/Switzerland 

Another important event will be the exclusive networking session between the international Sales Agents and Independent Exhibitors from the CICAE on August 31st. This special session includes on August 30th, a special screening during which the Sales Agents’ trailers will be presented to the Independent Exhibitors followed the following day by a 90’ one-to-one meeting session between them.

As in previous years, the Venice Film Market – Industry Office area will host a comprehensive program of seminars dedicated to the film-making industry concerning norms, technology, social and market issues. 

  The Bride
  These Are the Rules
  The Cut
  No One`s Child
  Ognjen Svilicic
  Adrian Sitaru
  Catalin Mitulescu
  Vladimir Blazevski
  Fatih Akin
  Yorgos Zois
  Omer Lutfi Akad
  Vuk Rsumovic
  Kaan Mujdeci
  Alps, by Yorgos Lanthimos at Venice International film Festival 2011.
  Alps won the best screenplay award at 68th Venice Film Festival
  Six Balkan titles join the roster of the 69th Venice Film Festival
  Seven Balkan films at the 70th Venice International Film Festival
  The International Art Cinema Network
  Venice IFF 2014 Events, Presentations and Talks
  Biennale Channel
  Venice IFF Flickr
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  Venice IFF 2014 Line-Up
  Venice IFF Sala Web
  Venice IFF Film Market
  Venice IFF Official Website
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