Simone Massi – “400 Blows” (2014); Official Venice Film Festival Poster; Copyright La Biennale di Venezia
The 71st Venice Film Festival, launched under the umbrella of La Biennale di Venezia, will take place from August 27th until September 6th this year. The Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, recently chose two American filmmakers as recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Awards for their work.
Film editor Thelma Schoonmaker has worked with Director Martin Scorcese since 1967 when she edited Who’s That Knocking at my Door. Since 1980 she has edited all of Scorcese’s films, including the recent Wolf of Wall Street (2013). This is the first time in the history of the Venice Film Festival that the Lifetime Achievement Award has been given to a film editor.
The other recipient, Frederick Wiseman, is an independent documentary filmmaker. He has made 39 documentaries and 2 fiction films: dramatic narrative films that seek to portray ordinary human experience within a wide variety of contemporary social institutions. Wiseman’s most recent work is National Gallery (2014), presented at the latest Cannes Film Festival.
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful), starring Michael Keaton, has been selected as the opening film of the 71st Venice Film Festival. The impressive line-up of film screenings also includes the recently launched Venice Classics section, which will show a selection of classic, restored films that have been underestimated or neglected in the past.
71st VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Aug. 27 – Sep. 06, 2014
More information about Venice Film Festival screening locations here: www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/information
Blog entry by Monica Salazar in Berlin; Tuesday, Aug. 05, 2014.