Venice Film Festival 2017

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The Rape Of Recy Taylor The Rape Of Recy Taylor
The Rape Of Recy Taylor and Heal The Living
Les Bienheureux (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2017; Director: Sofia Djama)
Story of a family in the wake of the Algerian civil war.
Caniba (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel; Stars: Issei Sagawa, Jun Sagawa)
A film that reflects on the discomfiting significance of cannibalistic desire in human history and culture through the prism of one Japanese man, Issei Sagawa, and his unsettling relationship with his brother.
The Cousin (Ha Ben Dod) (Country: Israel; Year: 2017; Director: Tzahi Grad; Writer: Tzahi Grad; Stars: Tzahi Grad, Ala Dakka, Osnat Fishman)
A comedy about a family man whose foreign member of staff faces unfounded accusations.
Disappearance (Verdwijnen) (Country: Netherlands, Norway; Year: 2017; Director: Boudewijn Koole; Writer: Jolein Laarman; Stars: Jakob Oftebro, Rifka Lodeizen, Elsie de Brauw, Marcus Hanssen, Eva Garet)
A terminally ill woman visits her family in a bid to reconnect with her estranged mum.
Endangered Species (Espèces Menacées) (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2017; Director: Gilles Bourdos; Writer: Michel Spinosa, Gilles Bourdos, Richard Bausch; Stars: Alice Isaaz, Vincent Rottiers, Suzanne Clément, Pauline Etienne, Alice de Lencquesaing, Eric Elmosnino, Frédéric Pierrot, Damien Chapelle, Grégory Gadebois, Brigitte Catillon, Agathe Dronne, Carlo Brandt)
The stories of three families are interwoven.
Caniba Caniba
Caniba and Under The Tree
Gotta Cenerentola (Country: Italy; Year: 2017; Director: Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Alessandro Rak, Dario Sansone; Writer: Ivan Cappiello, Marianna Garofalo, Marino Guarnieri, Alessandro Rak, Dario Sansone, Italo Scialdone; Stars: Massimiliano Gallo, Maria Pia Calzone, Alessandro Gassman, Mariano Rigillo, Renato Carpentieri, Chiara Baffi, Ciro Capriello, Francesca Romana Bergamo, Federica Altamura)
Futuristic retelling of Cinderella.
Heal The Living (Réparer les vivants) (Country: France, Belgium; Year: 2016; Director: Katell Quillévéré; Writer: Katell Quillévéré and Gilles Taurand, based on the book by Maylis De Kerangal; Stars: Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Kool Shen, Monia Chokri, Alice Taglioni, Karim Leklou, Finnegan Oldfield, Théo Cholbi, Alice de Lencquesaing, Gabin Verdet, Galatéa Bellugi, Titouan Alda, Andranic Manet)
Drama about lives connected by an organ transplant.
Invisible (Country: Argentina; Year: 2017; Director: Pablo Giorgelli; Writer: Pablo Giorgelli; Stars: Mora Arenillas, Diego Cremonesi, Paula Fernandez Mbarak)
A girl's world starts to collapse when she discovers she is pregnant.
Krieg (Country: Germany; Year: 2017; Director: Rick Ostermann; Writer: Jochen Rausch, Hannah Hollinger; Stars: Ulrich Matthes, Barbara Auer, Jördis Triebel, Thomas Loibl, Lili Epply, Samuel Schneider, Felix von Bredow, Stephan Szasz, Lucas Reiber)
After his son is killed in combat, a man retreats to a secluded existence but finds himself pitted against an unknown enemy in the mountains.
Nico, 1988 (Country: Italy, Belgium; Year: 2017; Director: Susanna Nicchiarelli; Writer: Susanna Nicchiarelli; Stars: Trine Dyrholm, Calvin Demba, Karina Fernandez, Sandor Funtek, John Gordon Sinclair, Anamaria Marinca, Thomas Trabacchi)
Biopic of the German singer, who sang with the Velvet Underground
Opening gala
No Date, No Signature No Date, No Signature
No Date, No Signature and Nico, 1988
No Date, No Signature (Country: Iran; Year: 2017; Director: Vahid Jalilvand; Writer: Ali Zarnegar, Vahid Jalilvand; Stars: Amir Agha’ee, Navid Mohammadzadeh, Hediyeh Tehrani, Sa’eed Dakh, Alireza Ostadi, Zakiyeh Behbahani)
A pathologist is riven with guilt after the death of a child.
Oblivion Verses (Los Versos Del Olvido) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Alireza Khatami; Writer: Alireza Khatami; Stars: Juan Margallo, Tomás del Estal, Manuel Morón, Itziar Aizpuru, Julio Jung, Amparo Noguera, Gonzalo Robles)
When the elderly caretaker of a remote morgue discovers the body of a young woman killed during a protest, he embarks on an odyssey to give her a proper burial before the militia returns.
The Rape Of Recy Taylor (Country: US; Year: 2017; Director: Nancy Buirski; Writer: Nancy Buirski; Stars: Cynthia Erivo, Jack Kyser, Tommy Bernardi, Robert Corbitt, Alma Daniels, Crystal Feimster, Tom Gibbs, Esther Cooper Jackson, James Johnson II, Danielle L. McGuire, Chris Money, John L. Payne, Recy Taylor)
A documentary about the rape of a black Alabama woman by six white men in 1944, and its consequences.
The Testament (Haedut) (Country: Austria, Israel; Year: 2017; Director: Amichai Greenberg; Writer: Amichai Greenberg; Stars: Ori Pfeffer, Rivka Gur, Hagit Dasberg, Orna Rotenberg, Ori Yaniv, Emanuel Cohn)
A historian leading debate against Holocaust deniers discovers that his mother carries a false identity.
Ugly Nasty People (Brutti e Cattivi) (Country: Italy, Belgium, France; Year: 2017; Director: Cosimo Gomez; Writer: Cosimo Gomez, Luca Infascelli; Stars: Sara Serraiocco, Marco D'Amore, Claudio Santamaria, Rinat Khismatouline, Marco Pancrazi, Giorgio Colangeli, Adamo Dionisi, Maria Chiara Augenti, Riccardo Mioni, Narcisse Mame, Filippo Dini, Aline Belibi, Rosa Canova, Yang Shi, Simoncino Simone Martucci)
A group of physically disabled gangsters plan a bank heist.
Under The Tree (Country: Iceland; Year: 2017; Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson; Writer: Huldar Breiðfjörð, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson; Stars: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Selma Björnsdóttir, Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir)
A spat between neighbours over a garden tree spirals out of control.
La Vita In Comune (Country: Italy; Year: 2017; Director: Edoardo Winspeare; Writer: Alessandro Valenti, Edoardo Winspeare; Stars: Antonio Carluccio, Celeste Casciaro, Gustavo Caputo, Claudio Giangreco, Davide Riso)
Fairy tale about a poetic mayor who is imprisoned involuntarily and then strikes up a friendship with the ex-husband of the woman he adores.
West Of Sunshine (Country: Australia; Year: 2017; Director: Jason Raftopoulos; Writer: Jason Raftopoulos; Stars: Damian Hill, Ty Perham, Arthur Angel, Kat Stewart, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Kaarin Fairfax)
A father faces a race against time to pay back a loan shark, while looking after his young son.
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