#Venezia74 : Venice Sala Web, la Mostra sur vos écrans !

On 29/08/2017 by Nicolas Gilson

Pour la sixième année consécutive, la Biennale de Venise offre la possibilité de découvrir une sélection de films aux internautes du monde entier. Parallèlement à ses salles traditionnelles sur le Lido, la Mostra Internationale d’Arte Cinematografica s’invite sur vos écrans par l’intermédiaire de la plateforme Festival Scope. Nommée Venice Sala Web, cette salle virtuelle proposera de découvrir 18 titres dans la limite de 400 « tickets » par film. Une occasion unique de découvrir dès le soir de leur première à Venise plusieurs titres de la compétition Orizzonti, de la section Cinema nel Giardino et l’ensemble des projets du Biennale College – Cinema.

Novatrice, la Biennale de Venise a été le premier événement cinéma majeur à rendre accessible en ligne une partie de sa programmation, et ce de manière exclusive dès lors que les films sont présentés en première mondiale et sécurisée (Festival Scope ayant développé une plateforme professionnelle avant de s’ouvrir aux cinéphiles du monde entier). Outre de nombreux titres de la section Orizzonti – tout à la fois panorama et laboratoire de la production cinématographique internationale – et des films du Biennale College – Cinema, cette 6ème édition propose également des titres qui font partie des programmes Hors-compétition et Cinema nel Giardino (section créée en 2016).

Chaque film sera accessible dès le soir de sa première (dès 21h) et ce jusqu’au 19/09/2017. Afin de devenir spectateur virtuel, vous devez vous enregistrer sur la plateforme où les billets seront mis en vente à 4 euros – il est également possible d’opter pour l’option pass : à partir de 5 titres, chaque ticket ne coute que 2 euros. Les films seront présentés dans leur version originale avec sous-titres anglais.

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Undir Trénu (Under the Tree) 3 b

UNDIR TRÉNU (Uneder the Three), Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson (Orizzonti)

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Orizzonti

ESPÈCES MENACÉES, Gilles Bourdos – dès le 31/08
France / Belgique – 105 min

Trois destins familiaux entrelacés. Joséphine et Tomaz viennent de se marier dans l’allégresse. Mais bientôt, derrière le bonheur solaire des époux, les parents de Joséphine vont découvrir une réalité plus sombre. Mélanie, elle, annonce à ses parents qu’elle attend un bébé mais le père de l’enfant n’a pas du tout le profil du gendre idéal ! De son côté, Anthony, étudiant lunaire et malheureux en amour, va devoir prendre en charge sa mère, devenue soudainement incontrôlable.

UNDIR TRÉNU (UNDER THE TREE), Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson – dès le 31/08
Islande / Danemark / Pologne / Allemagne – 89 min

Atli est expulsé de chez lui par sa petite amie. Alors qu’il lutte pour obtenir le droit de revoir sa fille, il doit faire face au conflit qui déchire ses parents et leurs voisins au sujet d’un grand et bel arbre.

WEST OF SUNSHINE, Jason Raftopoulos – dès le 01/09
Australie – 78 min

Separated from his family and caught in a cycle of gambling and debt, Jim has less than a day to repay a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he must look after his young son who is on school holidays. Jim’s relationship with his son is tested as his plans to pay back the loan fail. When his last desperate effort to repay the debt puts his son’s life at risk, he must make a choice between his past and a second chance at life.

BEDOUNE TARIKH, BEDOUNE EMZA (NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE), Vahid Jalilvand – dès le 02/09
Iran – 104 min

The forensic pathologist Dr Nariman, a principled and virtuous man, has an accident with a motorcyclist and his family, and injures his 8-year-old son. He pays compensation to the man and offers to take the child to a clinic nearby. The next morning, he finds out that the same li le boy has been brought in for an autopsy. Dr Nariman faces a dilemma now: is he responsible for the child’s death due to the accident or he died of food poisoning according to other doctors’ diagnostic?

LOS VERSOS DEL OLVIDO (OBLIVION VERSES), Alireza Khatami – dès le 03/09
France / Allemagne / Pays-Bas / Chili – 92 min

The elderly caretaker of a remote morgue possesses an impeccable memory for everything but names. He passes his days showing corpses to those searching for their lost ones and tending to his beloved plants. When protest in a nearby city breaks out and the militia covertly raid the morgue to hide civilian casualties, he discovers the body of an unknown young woman. Evoking memories of personal loss, he embarks on a magical odyssey to give her a proper burial with the help of a mystic gravedigger who collects stories of the dead, an old woman searching for her long-lost daughter, and a hearse driver tormented by his past.

CANIBA, Verena Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor – dès le 04/09
France  - 90 min

Caniba is a fresco about flesh and desire. It reflects on the discomfiting significance of cannibalism in human existence through the prism of one Japanese man, Issei Sagawa, and his mysterious relationship with his brother, Jun Sagawa.

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LA NUIT OÙ J’AI NAGÉ, Damien Manivel & Igarashi Kohei (Orizzonti)

LA NUIT OÙ J’AI NAGÉ, Damien Manivel & Igarashi Kohei – dès le 05/09
France / Japon – 79 min

Les montagnes enneigées du Japon. Comme chaque nuit, un poissonnier se rend au marché en ville. Réveillé par son départ, son fils de six ans n’arrive pas à se rendormir. Dans la maison où tout le monde dort, le petit garçon fait un dessin qu’il glisse dans son cartable. Le matin, sa silhouette pleine de sommeil s’écarte du chemin de l’école et titube dans la neige, vers la ville…

LES BIENHEUREUX, Sofia Djama – dès le 6/09
France / Belgique / Qatar – 102 min

Alger, quelques années après la guerre civile. Amal et Samir ont décidé de fêter leur vingtième anniversaire de mariage au restaurant. Pendant leur trajet, tous deux évoquent leur Algérie : Amal, à travers la perte des illusions, Samir par la nécessité de s’en accommoder. Au même moment, Fahim, leur fils, et ses amis, Feriel et Reda, errent dans une Alger qui se referme peu à peu sur elle-même.

HA EDUT (THE TESTAMENT), Amichai Greenberg – dès le 07/09
Israël / autriche – 94 min

Yoel, a senior Holocaust researcher, is in the midst of a widely covered legal ba le with powerful forces in Austria, concerning a brutal massacre of Jews that took place toward the end of WWII in the village of Lendsdorf. An influential family of industrialists on whose land the murder took place, is planning to build a real estate project on the very same land. Yoel suspects that their aim is to bury the affair for good, but has trouble finding the conclusive evidence that would stop the project. While investigating the incident Yoel examines classified testimonies of Holocaust survivors, and to his shock and surprise he finds a testimony given by his mother, a testimony he didn’t know existed. In her testimony she confesses to a substantial secret from her past. Yoel, who’s conducting a double-investigation, personal and scientific, is trapped between walls of silence. As a historian with an unshakeable commitment to the truth, he decides to continue his investigations even at the cost of ruining his personal and professional life.

NAPADID SHODAN (DISAPPEARANCE), Ali Asgari – dès le 08/09
Iran / Qatar – 89 min

On a cold winter’s night in modern Tehran, a couple of young lovers run into a serious problem, and they have just a few hours to come up with a solution. They go from hospital to hospital in search for help, but none of the hospitals will admit the young woman and provide her with the medical a ention she desperately requires. While they try hard to find a way to solve the problem, they have to hide what is happening from their parents. Moreover, their relationship is facing a crisis and will suffer dire consequences. Caught between conservative traditions and modern day desires, the couple must face their uncertain future.

KRIEG, Rick Ostermann – dès le 08/09
Allemagne – 93 min

What is the price of peace? Krieg is the story of Arnold Stein, who, looking to find personal peace, withdraws to an isolated mountain cabin. This peace is breached when a stranger starts terrorizing him, and draws him into a nerve-recking conflict. In flash-backs we learn about Chris, Arnold’s son, who, against his parents’ wishes, decided to enlist in the army and to volunteer for a tour in a conflict-zone. All desperate a empts to dissuade him are in vain. Arnold and his wife, Karen, assure each other that, surely, he’ll come back in one piece. But soon enough the horrible news of Chris’ death in action arrives. Mourning the loss of their son, Karen takes her own life. Arnold resigns from his job as a teacher and flees the wreckage of his life to the supposed idyll of the mountains. A remote cabin, high in the mountains, snow, a man and a dog. Arnold Stein has been living a life of a recluse in the rough world of the mountains for weeks, and only descends to the village occasionally. But life is not as withdrawn and isolated as it seems in this weather-worn cabin with all its secrets: in his absence, a stranger destroys the last objects that are still meaningful to him; his dog is brutally hurt—a struggle for life or death against an unknown opponent ensues. And suddenly, Arnold understands how everything is connected: his son’s fate, his wife’s destructive grief, his own flight from a life in which he fights back for once.

Martyr (9)

MARTYR, Mazen Khaled (Biennale College – Cinema)

Biennale College – Cinema

STRANGE COLOURS, Alena Lodkina – dès le 31/08
Australie – 85 min

Milena travels to a remote opal mining community to see her estranged, ill father. Lost and alone, she falls into his bewildering world, where men escape society and share ideals of freedom. Soon, he doesn’t want her to leave. Stuck in time, father and daughter try to mend their fractured bond, but their connection is fragile, like the strange, colourful gems he digs up from the earth.

MARTYR, Mazen Khaled – dès le 01/09
Liban – 84 min

The strange drowning of a young man at Beirut’ seaside sparks a mob funeral and causes his friends, who hail from different communities, to grapple with loss and with the struggle to participate in his community’s rites and ceremonies. The life and death journey that the young man takes on the last day of his life exposes the schisms of the city and the fault lines dividing its society, and reveals some of the forces pushing the lives of those marginalized young men.

In Islamic tradition, drowning is considered grounds for Martyrdom. What does that word really mean? Is it an effort to console a bereaved family and preclude its grief? Is it an empty a empt by a marginalized group to evoke heroism and mythology in order to compensate in death for what they never achieved in life? In this film, raw verité images intermingle with abstract scenes of dance and performance to present us with a world, much like ours, where the lines separating reality from fiction, authenticity from fabrication, have ceased to exist.

BEAUTIFUL THINGS, Giorgio Ferrero – dès le 02/09
Italie –  94 min

Van is a floorhand, the maintenance man on an oil rig. He works in the desert, at a large oil field in Texas. Danilo is the chief engineer of a freighter. He spends all his days in the heart of the vessel where a humongous engine resides. Andrea is a scientist. He has lived his whole life between mathematical formulae and the silence of the anechoic chamber. Vito has spent half of his life looking after slot machines. Today he is in charge of an immense reinforced-concrete pit for waste. These men, unwi ingly, provide the basis for the whole sequence of creation, transport, marketing and destruction of the objects that feed our bulimic lifestyle. The objects that we think we need every day begin and end their journey inside isolated and eerie industrial and scientific locations. These men are monks in temples of steel and concrete and carry out the same mechanical rituals every day in silence and solitude, sharing the space with their own phantoms. She and He are an ordinary couple. They have spent their life accumulating stuff to the point of saturation. They grew up in the boom years of commercial television, and they are the first generation to have been freed from it by the internet. Today they are in their forties and are looking for a way out. She and He are us. And we have never heard about them.

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CONTROFIGURA, Rä di Martino (Cinema nel Giardino)

Cinema nel Giardino

NATO A CASAL DI PRINCIPE, Bruno Oliviero – dès le 01/09
Italie / Espagne – 99 min

Amedeo Letizia is a twenty-year-old who at the end of the 1980s moves to Rome from Casal di Principe to pursue a career as an actor. He is just taking his first steps, between a photonovel and a part on the small screen in one of the most famous serials of those years, I ragazzi del mure o, when his younger brother, Paolo, is kidnapped by some men wearing hoods and vanishes from sight. Amedeo returns to the town of his birth, and right from the start this journey proves to be a descent into the hell of his past and the contradictions of his land. Since the investigation carried out by the carabinieri is ge ing nowhere, he decides to conduct his own search: he does it armed with a rifle and with the aid of his seventeen-year-old cousin Marco. The details of the disappearance emerge gradually over the course of the film, in which we see Amedeo roaming a territory that stretches from the countryside to the sea and includes a number of lakes, in a frantic search for his brother. He combs the area with Marco without knowing whether to look for a corpse or a place where Paolo is being held prisoner.

CONTROFIGURA, Rä di Martino – dès le 08/09
Italie / France / Swi erland / Maroc – 75 min

A small film crew is wandering about Marrakesh and the surrounding desert. They are looking for locations for the remake of an American film in which a man swims his way home, passing through the houses and pools that he finds along the route. Corrado is the stand in used to test the shots, locations and the swimming pools in which the lead will be filmed. While we watch his a empts to get into the part, the real actors and a real crew burst onto the scene, on a set in which no one is in the right place. A film with a crisis of identity, in a surreal search for itself.

Hors-Compétition

HAPPY WINTER, Giovanni Totaro – dès le 06/09
Italie – 91 min

Every summer on Mondello Beach in Palermo, more than a thousand cabins are erected to house the same number of groups of bathers who will spend the season in them. For these people the “huts” are the perfect se ing in which to hide behind the memory of a social status that the crisis of recent years has undermined. A family gets into debt to go on a seaside vacation and to look well-off among the bathers, three women sunbathe in order to feel as if they are still young and to become the stars of the summer, while on the same beach a barman thinks about earning as much money as possible to get through the winter. Everyone is waiting for the night of August 15 to play a leading role in the summer Vanity Fair and to keep on pretending that the economic crisis doesn’t exist.

PIAZZA VITTORIO, Abel Ferrara – dès le 08/09
Italie – 82 min

Piazza Vi orio is the biggest square in Rome. Both the square and the adjacent districts of the Esquiline stand out for the multiethnic variety of their inhabitants. Here, in fact, we find a range of ethnic groups from nearby and far away: Romans, Asians, North Africans and Indians who make the square and neighborhood a lively place but at the same time one that is not easy to manage.
Precisely because of its unique and colorful nature, many artists and other figures with ties to the world of cinema, like Ma eo Garrone and Willem Dafoe, have chosen to make it their home. Among them is the great director Abel Ferrara, who has decided to portray this world from his own independent and poetic point of view, pu ing himself physically on the line in the production of the film.Out of this has come a surreal and neorealist picture of a day in the square’s life, with interviews with illegal and legal immigrants, tramps, artists, proprietors of businesses and politicians who give their personal accounts of the place. It is the portrait not just of a square, but of an Italy that is changing and that is trying at all costs to go down the road of integration, often underestimating the side effects.

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