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See Tim Sutton’s Memphis; The Venice Film Festival Directly at Your Door

Tim Sutton MEMPHISI’ve yet to find myself on the Lido (at the top of my bucket list choices for film festivals I’ve yet to visit) but thanks to some forward-thinking folks such as the Festival Scope folks, the Venice Film Festival is coming directly to our living rooms, laptops and whatnot LIVE.

An experiment that began last year and in its sophomore edition has blossomed into a well-oiled virtual event, each film (see list) below will hold a maximum “seating capacity” of 500 virtual places/seat holders for world cinephiles (read the full description of the service). Among the dozen or so films from the Orizzonti section and a selected trio films from the new Biennale College are the make-up of Web Theatre programme and to help promote the event, we’re holding a contest – five lucky readers will get to watch Pavilion‘s Tim Sutton’s (an IONCINEPHILE of the Month featured filmmaker) spanking new film: Memphis (see trailer below). The screening opens Saturday evening 9pm Venice time, and the first five folks to tweet the following: #memphis along with @ioncinema will win a spot.

Thursday 29 August: Wolfskinder (Wolfschildren) Rick Ostermann (Germany)
Friday 30 August: Algunas Chicas Santiago Palavecino (Argentina)
Friday 30 August: Piccola Patria Alessandro Rossetto (Italy)
Sunday 1 September: Je M’appelle Hmmm… Agnès B. (France)
Monday 2 September: Medeas Andrea Pallaoro (US, Italy)
Tuesday 3 September: Ruin Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody (Australia)
Wednesday 4 September: La Vida Después David Pablos (Mexico)
Wednesday 4 September: Eastern Boys Robin Campillo (France)
Thursday 5 September: Bauyr (Little Brother) Serik Aprymov (Kazakhstan)
Friday 6 September: La Prima Neve Andrea Segre (Italy)
Saturday 7 September: Mahi Va Gorbeh (Fish & Cat) Shahram Mokri (Iran)

Biennale College – Cinema
Thursday 30 August: Yuri Esposito Alessio Fava (dir), Max Chicco (pro) (Italy)
Saturday 31 August: Memphis Tim Sutton (dir), John Baker (pro) (US)
Sunday 1 September: Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (dir), Aditya Assarat (pro) (Thailand)

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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