The Venice Film Festival Announces Competition and Out of Competition Films

The Palazzo del Cinema is the main facility of the Venice Film Festival. It was inaugurated in 1937 and enlarged in 1952.

The Venice Film Festival  is the oldest film festival in the world. Founded by Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata in 1932,  the festival has since taken place every year in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi. It is one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals and is part of the Venice Biennale, a major biennial exhibition and festival for contemporary art.

The festival’s principal awards are the Golden Lion, which is awarded to the best film screened at the festival, and the Coppa Volpi which is awarded to the best actor and actress. In 2002, the San Marco Award has been introduced, for the best film of the Controcorrente (Against the stream) section.

The 66th Venice International Film Festival will be held from 2 September to 12 September 2009, with Ang Lee as president of the jury.

Competition: Giuseppe Tornatore‘s Baaria; Fatih Akin‘s Soul Kitchen; Giuseppe Capotondi‘s La Doppia Ora; Cheang Pou- Soi‘s Accident; Patrice Chereau‘s Persecution; Francesca Comencini‘s White Space; Jaco van Dormael‘s Mr. Nobody; Tom Ford‘s A Single Man; Jessica Hausner‘s Lourdes; Werner Herzog‘s Bad Lieutenant: Port Of New Orleans; Vimukhti Jayasundara‘s Between Two Worlds; Ahmed Maher‘s The Traveller; Samuel Maoz‘s Lebanon; Michael Moore‘s Capitalism: A Love Story; Shirin Neshat‘s Women Without Men; Michele Placido‘s The Big Dream; Jacques Rivette‘s 36 Vues Du Pic Saint Loup; George Romero‘s Survival of the Dead; Todd Solondz‘s Life During Wartime, Shinya Tsukamoto‘s Tetsuo, The Bullet Man and Yonfan’s Prince of Tears.

Out of Competition: Oliver Stone‘s South of the Border, a Hugo Chavez documentary; Grant Heslov‘s The Men Who Stare at Goats, Joe Dante‘s The Hole and Steven Soderbergh‘s The Informant!.

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