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2022 Giornate degli Autori: Ferrara, Buscemi, Wissam Charaf, Cristina Grosan, Cláudia Varejão, Bendimerad+Ounouri Among Selections

2022 Giornate degli Autori: Ferrara, Buscemi, Wissam Charaf, Cristina Grosan, Cláudia Varejão, Bendimerad+Ounouri Among Selections

After Venice Comp reveal, it was now up to the Giornate degli Autori sidebar (Venice Days) to unveil their line-up and if there was anyone wondering why Abel Ferrara was not mentioned on Tuesday… we now have our answer. Among a heavy LGBT friednly line-up, Artistic Director Gaia Furrer landed Ferrara’s Padre Pio – the Shia LaBeouf portrait on the Italian monk who became a star among the Catholic faithful. Ferrara has been obsessed with the subject also producing a docu.

Opening the comp section we find Lebanese filmmaker Wissam Charaf with Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous – the story of a Syrian refugee and an Ethiopian migrant worker who find love in Beirut. In the Out of Competition closer we find an item that we were only expecting for next year in Steve Buscemi‘s The Listener – this stars Tessa Thompson as a help call line volunteer.

Of the film items we were tracking we find Adila Bendimerad & Damien Ounouri‘s The Last Queen and Berlinale Talents lab attendee Georgia Oakley’s Blue Jean starring Rosy McEwen. Prada-commissioned Miu Miu Women’s Tales will promote two filmmaker who need to introduction in Carla Simón (Alcarrás) and Janicza Bravo (Zola).

The 18th edition of Venice Days will run concurrently with the Venice Film Festival from Aug. 31 Sept. 10. Here is the entire line-up:

IN COMPETITION
“Bentu,” Salvatore Mereu (Italy)
“Ordinary Failures,” Cristina Grosan (Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia)
“Blue Jean,” Georgia Oakley (U.K.)
“Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous,” Wissam Charaf (France, Italy, Lebanon) — Opening Film
“The Last Queen,” Adila Bendimerad, Damien Ounouri (Algeria, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Taiwan)
“The Damned Don’t Cry,” (Working Title), Fyzal Boulifa (France, Belgium, Morocco)
“Wolf And Dog,” Cláudia Varejão (Portugal, France)
“Padre Pio,” Abel Ferrara (Italy, Germany. U.K.)
“Stonewalling,” Huang Ji, Otsuka Ryuji (Japan)
“The Maiden,” Graham Foy (Canada, U.S.)

OUT OF COMPETITION –– SPECIAL EVENTS
“Olimpia’s Way,” Corrado Ceron (Italy)
“Alone,” Jafar Najafi (Iran)
“We’re Here to Try,” Greta De Lazzaris, Jacopo Quadri (Italy)
“Casa Susanna,” Sebastien Lifshitz (Italy)
“March on Rome,” Mark Cousins (Italy)
“The Listener,” Steve Buscemi (U.S.) — Closing Film

NOTTI VENEZIANE (Venetian Nights)
“Land of Upright People,” Christian Carmosino Mereu (Italy)
“Kristos, The Last Child,” Giulia Amati (Italy)
“The Crown Shyness,” Valentina Bertani (Italy)
“Las Leonas,” Isabel Achával, Chiara Biondi (Italy)
“Le Favolose,” Roberta Torre (Italy)
“Pablo From Neanderthal,” Antonello Matarazzo (Italy)
“Se Fate I Bravi,” Stefano Collizzoli, Daniele Gaglianone (Italy)
“The Bone Breakers,” Vincenzo Pirrotta (Italy)
“An Invisible Enemy,” Riccardo Campagna, Federico Savonitto (Italy)

WOMEN’S TALES PROJECT (shorts), in collaboration with Prada’s Miu Miu Label
“Carta a Mi Madre Para Mi Hijo,” Carla Simon (Italy)
“House Comes With a Bird,” Janicza Bravo (Italy)

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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