Features from Mexico and Argentina to Compete at Venice's Orizzonti


The Venice Film Festival has announced its complete 2013 lineup for its 70th edition. Even though there are no Latin American films in competition, two Latin American feature films have been selected for the Orizzonti section, which focuses on the new trends in world cinema: the Mexican film La vida después / The Life After (pictured) the directorial debut by David Pablos, and the Argentinean film Algunas chicas / Some Girls by Santiago Palavecino.

Two other short films from Mexico and Argentina were selected for the Orizzonti section: Jonas Cuarón's Aningaaq and Ignacio Gatica's Blanco.

The International Critics' Week is series of debut works which have been independently organized by a commission nominated by the SNCCI or the Sindacato Nazionale Critici Cinematografici Italiani. The lineup of eight films includes Sebastián Sepúlveda's Las niñas quispe / The Quispe Girls, a Chilean-French-Argentinean co-production film, and Moisés Sepúlveda's (no relation), Las analfabetas / Illiterate from Chile. The films selected are the directors' first features and the section's closing film, Las analfabetas is screening out of competition.

As it had been previously announced, Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón's film Gravity (pictured), which stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock will not only have its world premiere but open the festival as well. Closing the festival is Thierry Ragobert’s Amazonia, the Brazilian-Franco 3-D documentary is about a domesticated monkey that is released into the wild.

Despite several threats of demonstrations from Italian cinema industry groups in protest of the government's decision to stop funding the cinema tax credit, the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival will be held on the Venice Lido from August 28th through September 7th. The Festival will screen more than 50 new feature films from more than 30 countries, most of which will be world premieres.