Venice Film Festival 2015

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Black Mass Black Mass
Black Mass and Everest
Afternoon (Na ri xiawu) (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2015; Director: Tsai Ming-liang)
Tsai Ming-Liang and his actor Lee Kang-sheng confess and put on stage a pièce in which attention and slowness are in tune with the rhythm of memory.
Black Mass (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Scott Cooper; Writer: Mark Mallouk, Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill; Stars: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, David Harbour, Juno Temple, Julianne Nicholson, W. Earl Brown, Brad Carter)
The true story of violent criminal turned FBI informant Whitey Bulger in Boston.
Bleak Street (La calle de la Amargura) (Country: Mexico; Year: 2015; Director: Arturo Ripstein; Writer: Paz Alicia Garciadiego; Stars: Alberto Estrella, Silvia Pasquel, Arcelia Ramírez, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Alejandro Suárez, Nora Velázquez)
Two old prostitutes go back to their hovels. One of them has problems with the teenage daughter and the husband devoted to cross-dressing. The other one lives completely alone, with no ties. However, that night they have an appointment to celebrate the in-ring victory of two midget wrestlers.
De Palma (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow)
Brian De Palma speaks about himself, his films and his life.
The Event (Sobytie) (Country: Netherlands, Belgium; Year: 2015; Director: Sergei Loznitsa; Writer: Sergei Loznitsa)
Archival documentary of a failed 1991 putsch that signalled the fall of the Soviet Union.
Spotlight Spotlight
Spotlight and Janis: Little Girl Blue
Everest (Country: US, UK, Iceland; Year: 2015; Director: Baltasar Kormákur; Writer: William Nicholson, Simon Beaufoy; Stars: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Debicki, Martin Henderson, Clive Standen, Tom Goodman-Hill, Michael Kelly, Vanessa Kirby, Mia Goth)
A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.
Closing gala
Gli Uomini Di Questa Città Io Non Li Conosco. Vita E Teatro Di Franco Scaldati (Country: Italy; Year: 2015; Director: Franco Maresco)
A documentary about poet-auteur Franco Scaldati
Go With Me (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Daniel Alfredson; Writer: Castle Freeman Jr, Joe Gangemi, Joe Gangemi, Gregory Jacobs, Gregory Jacobs; Stars: Julia Stiles, Alexander Ludwig, Anthony Hopkins, Taylor Hickson, Ray Liotta, Lochlyn Munro, Hal Holbrook, Aleks Paunovic, Chris Gauthier, Aaron Pearl, Glenn Beck, Audrey Smallman, Dale Wilson, William Belleau, Steven Cree Molison)
A logger comes to the aid of a woman who is being harassed by a cop-turned-crime-lord.
Human (Country: France; Year: 2015; Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand)
Documentary dyptic of stories and images of the world.
In Jackson Heights (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Frederick Wiseman)
Documentary about the district in New York's Queens.
Life And Nothing But Life And Nothing But
Life And Nothing But and Winter On Fire
Janis: Little Girl Blue (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Amy Berg; Stars: Cat Power)
Documentary following the main stages of Janis Joplin’s life.
L'Esercito Più Piccolo Del Mondo (Country: Italy, Switzerland; Year: 2015; Director: Gianfranco Pannone; Writer: Gianfranco Pannone)
A documentary on the young Swiss Guards of the Vatican and their apprenticeship.
Life And Nothing But (La Vie Et Rien D'Autre) (Country: France; Year: 1989; Director: Bertrand Tavernier; Writer: Jean Cosmos, Bertrand Tavernier; Stars: Philippe Noiret, Sabine Azema, Pascale Vignal, Maurice Barrier, Francois Perrot, Jean-Pol Dubois, Daniel Russo)
Humanity and bureaucracy clash as the debris of war is sifted and reconstituted.
Mr Six (Lao Pao Er, Fading Wave) (Country: China; Year: 2015; Director: Guan Hu)
A man who once ran with a gang, reassembles his buddies in a bid to thwart a gang who have taken his son, setting the scene for a clash between 'old' and 'new' China.
Opening gala
Non Essere Cattivo (Country: Italy; Year: 2015; Director: Claudio Caligari; Writer: Claudio Caligari, Francesca Serafini, Giordano Meacci; Stars: Roberta Mattei, Luca Marinelli, Silvia D'Amico, Alessandro Borghi, Alessia Cardarelli)
In the 90s, two friends live their lives against a background of hedonism, can one help the other to escape?
River Memories (I Ricordi Del Fiume) (Country: Italy; Year: 2015; Director: Gianluca De Serio, Massimiliano De Serio)
Documentary, about Platz a shanty town where more than 1,000 people of different nationalities live on the banks of the Stura river, in Turin.
Spotlight (Country: US; Year: 2015; Director: Tom McCarthy; Writer: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer; Stars: Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Liev Schreiber, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup, Len Cariou, Jamey Sheridan, Brian d'Arcy James, Paul Guilfoyle, Lana Antonova, Elena Juatco, Neal Huff, James Chilli Chillingworth)
The true story of how The Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child abuse and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese.
Winter On Fire (Country: US, UK, Ukraine; Year: 2015; Director: Evgeny Afineevsky)
A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014.

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