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2023 Venice: Mika Gustafson, Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir, Normande+Tiao, Nattiv+Ebrahimi & Ross Bros. in Orizzonti Program

2023 Venice: Mika Gustafson, Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir, Normande+Tiao, Nattiv+Ebrahimi & Ross Bros. in Orizzonti Program

Eighteen is the exact number of films selected last year, and will probably be the case for (the opener was not yet announced) the Orizzonti aka Horizons competition section at the 2023 edition of the Venice Film Festival. Among the titles we’ve been keeping tabs on we find Nehir Tuna’s debut feature Dormitory – which was part of the Sundance Film Festival labs (we sat down with him back in 2019). Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir‘s heavily anticipated City of Wind (formerly going by Ze) a major presence on the film fest circuit. From Brazil and on our Most Anticipated Films list (#130), we find Nara Normande and Tiao‘s Heartless. Also high up on our Most Anticipated list (#107) we find Mika Gustafson‘s Paradise Is Burning (formerly titled as Sisters) and from Tunisia, Mohamed Ben Attia‘s Behind the Mountains (formerly know as Floating in a Vacuum) is also among the mix. And it goes without saying, Tatami by Guy Nattiv and actress-turned director Zar Amir Ebrahimi could be a strong political film, while one pleasant surprise is Bill Ross and Turner Ross making their first foray into fiction with Gasoline Rainbow – coined as a road movie that will stay true to their docu films to date.

Here are all the Orizzonti selections and Orizzonti Extra titles (nine in all) with the likes of the TIFF-selected The Rescue by Daniela Goggi, and debut films from”royalty” in Jack Huston‘s Day of the Fight and Olmo Schnabel‘s Pet Shop Boys.

A Cielo Abierto – Mariana Arriaga, Santiago Arriaga
El Paraiso – Enrico Maria Artale
Behind the Mountains – Mohamed Ben Attia
The Red Suitcase – Fidel Devkota
Tatami – Guy Nattiv, Zar Amir Ebrahimi
Paradise Is Burning – Mika Gustafson
The Featherweight – Robert Kolodny
Invelle – Simone Massi
Hesitation Wound – Selman Nacar
Heartless – Nara Normande, Tiao
Una Sterminata Domenica – Alain Perroni
City of Wind – Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir
Explanation for Everything – Gabor Reisz
Gasoline Rainbow – Bill Ross, Turner Ross
En Attendant la Nuit – Céline Rouzet
Housekeeping for Beginners – Goran Stolevski
Shadow of Fire – Shinya Tsukamoto
Dormitory – Nehir Tuna

Bota Jone – Luana Bajrami
Forever Forever – Anna Buryachkova
The Rescue – Daniela Goggi
In the Land of Saints and Sinners – Robert Lorenz
Day of the Fight – Jack Huston
Felicita – Micaela Ramazzotti
Pet Shop Boys – Olmo Schnabel
Stolen – Karan Tejpal
L’Homme d’Argile – Anais Tellenne

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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