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Lido at Your Door: Venice Film Festival’s Sala Web Offers 11 Title Slate

While a Venetian touch (gondolas, art, architecture, margherita pizzas) certainly adds to the charm of the Venice Film Festival experience, for a third year straight, cinephiles can skip the packing their suitcases portion of a trip and bring the Lido into their own screening rooms. Venice Biennale’s Sala Web has reteamed with Festival Scope folks to offer an appetite whetting total of eleven features (8 Orizzonti section & 3 Biennale College – Cinema). Announced yesterday, digital tickets for the Sala Web screenings (4€ each) can be grabbed at — but don’t throw your popcorn into the microwave just yet. The 2014 sampling of world cinema/72nd Venice Film Fest is only available during a period of 5 days beginning at 9 pm (Italian time) on the day of each film’s official presentation.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf's The PresidentAmong the headliner items we find Kandahar helmer Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President tells a story set in a fictional Caucasus country and is about a dictator whose regime is brought down by a coup d’etat. He and his young grandson have to travel across the country disguised as street musicians, and he gets to know the ordinary people he ruled in a new light.

Chaitanya Tamhane’s feautre debut (Court) begins with the discovery of a sewerage worker’s body inside a manhole in Mumbai. An ageing folk singer is tried in court on charges of abatement of suicide. He is accused of performing an inflammatory song which might have incited the worker to commit the act. Court Venice Film FestivalAs the trial unfolds, the personal lives of the lawyers and the judge involved in the case are observed outside the court.

And another title worth mentioning is one item has been on our most anticipated list at the beginning of the year in Duane Hopkins’ Bypass. This shows in graphic detail the life of Tim (MacKay). His habits, his hustle, his family, his responsibilities, his conflicts, his hopes, his fears, his character, his existence. Through this we understand his present, and his past—and we consider his future. Here are the 11 selected films.


THE PRESIDENT by Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Opening Film)
Georgia, France, Great Britain, Germany – 105’
Cast: Misha Gomiashvili, Dachi Orvelashvili

BYPASS by Duane Hopkins
UK – 103’
Cast: George Mackay, Benjamin Dilloway, Charlotte Spencer

COURT by Chaitanya Tamhane
India – 116’
Cast: Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni

IO STO CON LA SPOSA by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry (Documentary)
Italy, Palestine – 89’

LINE OF CREDIT (Kreditis Limiti) by Salomé Alexi
Georgia, Germany, France – 85’
Cast: Nino Kasradze

NABAT by Elchin Musaoglu
Azerbaijan – 105’
Cast: Fatemeh Motamed Arya, Vidadi Aliyev, Sabir Mamadov, Farhad Israfilov

THESE ARE THE RULES (Takva Su Pravila) by Ognjen Svilicic
Croatia, France, Serbia, Macedonia – 77’
Cast: Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Jasna Zalica, Hrvoje Vladisavljevic

LA VITA OSCENA by Renato De Maria
Italy – 85’
Cast: Isabella Ferrari, Clément Métayer, Roberto De Francesco


BLOOD CELLS by Joseph Bull, Luke Seomore
UK –
Cast: Barry Ward, Hayley Squires, Francis Magee, Jimmy Akingbola, Keith Mcerlean, Chloe Pirrie, Silas Carson, Hannah Hornsby, Lauren Goodwin

H. by Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia
USA, Argentina –
Cast: Robin Bartlett, Rebecca Dayan, Will Janowitz, Julian Gamble

SHORT SKIN by Duccio Chiarini
Italy, Iran, Uk –
Cast: Matteo Creatini, Francesca Agostini, Nicola Nocchi, Miriana Raschillà, Bianca Ceravolo, Michele Crestacci, Bianca Nappi, Crisula Stafida, Francesco Acquaroli, Lisa Granuzza Di Vita

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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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