Venice International Film Festival 2008

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Logo and lettering of the 65th Venice Film Festival
Red carpet with Golden Lions installation by Dante Ferretti

The 65th Venice International Film Festival ( 65th Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica ) took place from August 27 to September 6, 2008. 3,689 films from 72 countries applied to participate in the festival, which is one of the three most important A festivals worldwide. In the most important section, the competition, 21 feature films competed for the Golden Lion , the main prize of the festival. The award finally went to the American film production company The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky .

The festival opened with Do visìvel ao invisìvel , a seven-minute drama by Manoel de Oliveira , which in turn was followed by the American film Burn After Reading by Ethan and Joel Coen . Russian actress Xenia Rappoport moderated the opening and closing ceremonies.

Festival director Marco Müller, who described the event for this year as “pluralistic and therefore deliberately contradictory” , dedicated the festival to the Egyptian director Youssef Chahine , who died in 2008 . A retrospective showed Italian films from 1946 to 1975, including many from the Italian Neorealism movement .

On September 5, 2008, the Italian Ermanno Olmi was awarded the Golden Lion for his life's work. The 77-year-old director won the Venice competition in 1988 with his literary adaptation The Legend of the Holy Drinker .



This year's jury president was the German director Wim Wenders , who had been awarded the Golden Lion in 1982 for the film Der Stand der Dinge .

He was supported by five other jury members


21 feature films were shown in the competition, most of them world premieres. Five of the films were made in the United States and four were from Italy.

Although German co-productions have been regularly represented in recent years, German-language films have appeared less and less in the main competition, the last time in 2003 with Margarethe von Trottas Rosenstrasse and in 2006 with Barbara Alberts Fallen . In 2008 the German director Christian Petzold and Jerichow competed for the Golden Lion, while the German opera director Werner Schroeter was represented in the competition with the French-language Die Nacht .

The Greek director Theo Angelopoulos had also planned to present his new film Dust of Time with Bruno Ganz in the lead role in Venice, but this had failed in advance due to disputes about the performance date.

Hayao Miyazaki's socially critical cartoon Gake no Ue no Ponyo about a goldfish who becomes human and befriends a little boy, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker about the Iraq War and Jonathan Demme's family drama Rachel Getting Married were considered favorites during the festival .

Movie title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
Akiresu to kame Takeshi Kitano Japan Takeshi Kitano, Kanako Higuchi , Yūrei Yanagi
L'Autre Patrick Mario Bernard , Pierre Trividic France Dominique Blanc , Cyril Gueï , Peter Bonke
Birdwatchers - The land of the red people Marco Bechis Italy, Brazil Claudio Santamaria , Alicélia Batista Cabreira , Chiara Caselli
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(Bumaschny soldat)
Alexei German Russia Tschulpan Chamatowa , Merab Ninidze , Anastasija Scheweljowa
On burning earth Guillermo Arriaga United States Charlize Theron , Kim Basinger , Joaquim de Almeida
Dangkou Yu Lik-wai Brazil, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Japan Joe Odagiri , Anthony Wong , Huang Yi
Gabbla Tariq Teguia Algeria, France Kader Affak , Ines Rose Djakou , Ahmed Benaïssa
Gake no Ue no Ponyo Hayao Miyazaki Japan
Un giorno perfetto Ferzan Özpetek Italy Isabella Ferrari , Valerio Mastandrea , Valerio Binasco
The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow United States Ralph Fiennes , Guy Pearce , David Morse
The secret of the geisha Barbet Schroeder France Benoît Magimel , Minamoto Lika , Shun Sugata
Jerichow Christian Petzold Germany Nina Hoss , Benno Fürmann , Hilmi Sözer
That night (Nuit de chien) Werner Schroeter France, Germany, Portugal Pascal Greggory , Bruno Todeschini , Amira Casar
Il papà di Giovanna Pupi Avati Italy Silvio Orlando , Alba Rohrwacher , Francesca Neri
Rachel Getting Married Jonathan Demme United States Anne Hathaway , Debra Winger , Rosemarie Dewitt
Il seme della discordia Pappi Corsicato Italy Caterina Murino , Alessandro Gassmann , Martina Stella
The Sky Crawlers Mamoru Oshii Japan
Süt - milk Semih Kaplanoğlu Turkey, France, Germany Melih Selcuk , Basak Koklukaya
Morning dew (Teza) Haile Gerima Ethiopia, Germany, France Aron Arefe , Abiye Tedla , Takelech Beyene
Vegas: Based on a True Story Amir Naderi United States Mark Greenfield , Nancy La Scala , Zach Thomas
The wrestler Darren Aronofsky United States Mickey Rourke , Marisa Tomei , Evan Rachel Wood

Award winners

Jury President Wim Wenders wanted to bequeath Mickey Rourke the award for best actor for his performance in The Wrestler , but could not do so because of the festival's regulations. Wenders asked the festival management to reconsider this.


The Orizzonti (German: “Horizons”) section, which is dedicated to “new paths and possibilities” in film and primarily wants to advertise unconventional films, showed 18 feature-length films and two other films, which were not called “surprise films” until the festival were announced ( Khastegi and Wanmei Shenhuo ).

The Belgian director Chantal Akerman chaired the international jury . Other jury members were:

As every year, prizes were awarded in the two competition sections feature films and documentaries . The main prizes went to the feature film Melancholia by the Filipino director Lav Diaz and the documentary Below Sea Level by Gianfranco Rosi . Special mentions were given to Un lac by Philippe Grandieux and Wo men by Huang Wenhai .

Seven other documentaries were also screened as Eventi Orizzonti and as not participating in the competition, most of them Italian.

Feature films

Movie title Director Country of production
A Erva do Rato Julio Bressane , Rosa Dias Brazil
Dikoe Pole Mikheil Kalatosishvili Russia
Goodbye solo Ramin Bahrani United States
Jay Francis Xavier Pasion Philippines
Khastegi Bahman Motamedian Iran
Un lac Philippe Grandrieux France
Melancholia Lav Diaz Philippines
Pa-ra-da Marco Pontecorvo Italy, France, Romania
Parc Arnaud des Pallières France
Il primo giorno d'inverno Mirko Locatelli Italy
Voy a explotar Gerardo Naranjo Mexico
Wanmei Shenhuo Emily Tang People's Republic of China, Hong Kong
Zero Bridge Tariq tapa India, United States


Movie title Director Country of production
Below Sea Level Gianfranco Rosi Italy, United States
L'Exil et le royaume Andreï Schtakleff , Jonathan Le Fourn France
Los Herederos Eugenio Polgovsky Mexico
In Paraguay Ross McElwee United States
Puisque nous sommes nés Jean-Pierre Duret , Andréa Santana France, Brazil
Where men Huang Wenhai People's Republic of China, Switzerland
Z32 Avi Mograbi Israel, France

Corto Cortissimo

In the Corto Cortissimo series , 18 short films with a length of less than 30 minutes were shown. As Eventi , in addition to the films participating in the competition for awards, shown further six short films, including Eve of US actress Natalie Portman , who hereby presented her directorial debut. Lauren Bacall plays a leading role in the film .

A jury chaired by American director Amos Poe , who worked here with producer Joana Vicente and Italian critic Gianni Rondolino , decided on the prizes in the section . The Mexican film Tierra y Pan by Carlos Armella won the Golden Lion for best short film . The reason given by the jury was: "In just a few minutes and in a single room, the author managed to tell a dramatic story about misery and loneliness, exploring the narrative potential of cinematographic images to the utmost."

A special mention was given to Vacsora by Karchi Perlmann and the Belgian short film De Onbaatzunchtigen by Koen Dejaegher was awarded the Prix UIP as the best European film in the Corto Cortissimo competition. Koen Dejaegher's film has thus been nominated for the European Film Award as “best short film”.

Movie title Director Country of production length
1937 Giacomo Gatti , Francesco Carrozzini United States, France, Italy 24 minutes
The Butcher's Shop Philip Haas United States 7 minutes
Corpus / corpus Christophe Loizillon France 26 minutes
Dix BIF France, UK 14 minutes
Every Breath You Take Igor Šterk Slovenia 10 mins
I'm In Away From Here Catriona MacInnes United Kingdom 22 minutes
I don't dream in German Ivana Lalovic Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina 15 minutes
Khi toi 20 Dang Di Phan Vietnam 20 minutes
Lögner Jonas Odell Sweden 13 minutes
Noces de cendre Pierre Eden Simon Belgium 13 minutes
De onbaatzuchtigen Koen Dejaegher Belgium 14 minutes
The Stars Don't Twinkle In Outer Space Peter Thwaites United Kingdom 10 mins
Nice tulemine Tanel Toom Estonia 27 minutes
Tierra y Pan Carlos Armella Mexico 8 minutes
Vacsora Karchi Perlmann Hungary 26 minutes
Vi the blev tilbage Martin de Thurah Denmark 25 minutes
Wode Liu Hui People's Republic of China 29 minutes
Zand Joost Van Ginkel Netherlands 20 minutes

Films out of competition

As every year, in 2008 numerous films were shown outside of the competition categories. Some well-known filmmakers present their works to the public in this way: the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami showed the film Shirin , Ethan and Joel Coen were represented with Burn After Reading and Claire Denis published her current work with 35 rhums .

Web links

Commons : 2008 Venice Film Festival  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. cf. Venezia 65: Leone d'oro a 'The Wrestler' on, September 6, 2008
  2. Nick Vivarelli: Rappoport to host Venice fest , Variety, August 13, 2008
  3. a b Petzold wants the "Golden Lion" ( Memento from November 5, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) , Netzeitung, July 29, 2008
  4. cf. Olmi wins lifetime award at Venice film festival . Associated Press on Sep 5, 2008 at 8:42 PM GMT
  5. ^ A b Peter Zander: "The Wrestler" wins the Golden Lion in Venice , Welt Online, September 6, 2008
  6. Golden Lion for Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" , Der Standard, September 6, 2008
  7. ( Memento of the original from September 9, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /