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72nd Venice International Film Festival

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72nd Venice International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmEverest
Closing filmMr. Six
LocationVenice, Italy
AwardsGolden Lion: From Afar
Silver Lion: Pablo Trapero
Hosted byElisa Sednaoui
Festival date2 – 12 September 2015
Venice Film Festival chronology
72nd Venice International Film Festival
72nd Venice International Film Festival

The 72nd annual Venice International Film Festival took place from 2 to 12 September 2015.[1] Alfonso Cuarón served as the President of the Jury for the main competition.[2] A restored version of Federico Fellini's film Amarcord was shown at the festival.[3] The Venezuelan film From Afar by Lorenzo Vigas won the Golden Lion award.[4]

Everest was selected as the festival's opening night film,[5] while Guan Hu's drama film Mr. Six served as the closing night film.[6] Actress and director Elisa Sednaoui hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the festival.[7]

The festival poster featured Nastassja Kinski in front as reminiscent of Wim Wenders's Faraway, So Close!,[8] while in background it featured the character of Antoine Doinel portrayed by Jean-Pierre Léaud from François Truffaut's 1959 drama film The 400 Blows, which also appeared in 71st Venice International Film Festival poster.[9]

The festival honoured Brian De Palma with Glory to the Filmmaker Award and a documentary film titled De Palma by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow also screened at the festival.[10] Jonathan Demme received the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award, who also served as the President of Horizons (Orizzonti) section jury.[11]


The following people formed the 2015 juries:[12][13]

Main competition (Venezia 72)

Horizons (Orizzonti)

Opera Prima (Venice Award for a Debut Film)

Official selection

In Competition

The following films were selected for the main competition:[14][15][16]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
11 Minutes 11 minut Jerzy Skolimowski Poland
Anomalisa Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson United States
Beasts of No Nation Cary Fukunaga United States
Behemoth Bei xi mo shou ( 悲兮魔兽 ) Zhao Liang China, France
A Bigger Splash Luca Guadagnino Italy, France
Blood of My Blood Sangue del mio sangue Marco Bellocchio Italy
The Clan El Clan Pablo Trapero Argentina, Spain
Courted L'Hermine Christian Vincent France
The Danish Girl Tom Hooper United Kingdom, United States
The Endless River Oliver Hermanus South Africa, France
Equals Drake Doremus United States
For Your Love Per amor vostro Giuseppe M. Gaudino Italy, France
Francofonia Alexander Sokurov France, Germany, Netherlands
Frenzy Abluka Emin Alper Turkey, France, Qatar
From Afar Desde allá Lorenzo Vigas Venezuela, Mexico
Heart of a Dog Laurie Anderson United States
Looking for Grace Sue Brooks Australia
Marguerite Xavier Giannoli France, Czech Republic, Belgium
Rabin, the Last Day Amos Gitai Israel, France
Remember Atom Egoyan Canada, Germany
The Wait L'attesa Piero Messina Italy, France
Highlighted title indicates the Golden Lion winner.

Out of Competition

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[17][15][16]

Fiction films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Afternoon Na ri xia wu ( 那日下午 ) Tsai Ming-liang Taiwan
Black Mass Scott Cooper United States
Bleak Street La calle de la Amargura Arturo Ripstein Mexico Spain
Don't Be Bad Non essere cattivo Claudio Caligari Italy
Everest Baltasar Kormákur United States
Go With Me Daniel Alfredson United States, Canada, Sweden
Mr. Six Lao Pao Er ( 老炮儿 ) Guan Hu China
Spotlight Tom McCarthy United States
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
De Palma Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow United States
N/A L'esercito piu piccolo del mondo Gianfranco Pannone Vatican City State
The Event Sobytie Sergei Loznitsa Netherlands, Belgium
Human (special screening)[18] Yann Arthus-Bertrand France
In Jackson Heights Frederick Wiseman United States
Janis Amy J. Berg United States
N/A I ricordi del fiume Franco Maresco Italy
N/A Gli uomini di questa città io non li conosco Franco Maresco Italy
Winter on Fire Zyma y vohni (Зима у вогні) Evgeny Afineevsky Ukraine


The following feature films were selected for the Horizons (Orizzonti) section:[19][15][16]

Feature films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Burning Love Pecore In Erba Alberto Caviglia Italy
The Childhood of a Leader Brady Corbet United Kingdom, Hungary, Belgium, France
A Copy of My Mind Joko Anwar Indonesia, South Korea
A War Krigen Tobias Lindholm Denmark
Neon Bull Boi Neon Gabriel Mascaro Brazil, Uruguay, Netherlands
Wednesday, 9 May Chaharshanbeh, 19 Ordibehesht Vahid Jalilvand Iran
Free in Deed Jake Mahaffy United States, New Zealand
Interrogation Visaranai ( விசாரணை ) Vetrimaaran India
Interruption Yorgos Zois Greece, France, Croatia
Italian Gangsters Renato De Maria Italy
Kill Me Please Mate-Me Por Favor Anita Rocha Da Silveira Brazil, Argentina
Land Legs Tempête Samuel Collardey France
Madame Courage Merzak Allouache Algeria, France, UAE
Man Down Dito Montiel United States
A Monster with a Thousand Heads Un monstruo de mil cabezas Rodrigo Plá Mexico
Mountain Ha'har Yaelle Kayam Israel
Taj Mahal Nicolas Saada France, Belgium
Tharlo Pema Tseden China
Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me Lama Azavtani Hadar Morag Israel, France
Short films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
55 Pills 55 Pastillas Sebastián Muro Argentina
Backyards Dvorišta Ivan Salatic Montenegro
Chatting Lonce Marlonce Singapore
Champ des possibles Cristina Picchi Canada
N/A En defensa Propia Mariana Arriaga Mexico
E.T.E.R.N.I.T. Giovanni Aloi France
It Seems to Hang on Kevin Jerome Everson United States
Monkey Hou Jie Shen China
New Eyes Hiwot Admasu Getaneh France, Germany, UK
Oh Gallow Lay Julian Wayser United States
Tarântula Aly Muritiba, Marja Calafanje Brazil
N/A Violences en Réunion Karim Boukercha France
The Young Man Who Came from the Chee River Jer gun muer rao jer gun Wichanon Somunjarn Thailand
Zero - (Out of competition) David Victori USA, UK, Spain, Mexico
Highlighted title indicate the Orizzonti Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film respectively.

Venice Classics

The following selection of restored classic films and documentaries on cinema were screened for this section:[20]

Restored classic films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Alexander Nevsky (1938) Александр Невский Sergei Eisenstein Soviet Union
Amarcord (1973) Federico Fellini Italy
Bitter Reunion (1958) Le Beau Serge Claude Chabrol France
The Boys from Fengkuei (1983) 風櫃來的人 / Fēngguì lái de rén Hou Hsiao-hsien Taiwan
Hardly a Criminal (1949) Apenas un delincuente Hugo Fregonese Argentina
Heaven Can Wait (1943) Ernst Lubitsch United States
Hope (1970) Umut Yilmaz Güney Turkey
Léon Morin, Priest (1961) Léon Morin, prêtre Jean-Pierre Melville France
La lupa (aka She Wolf, 1953) Alberto Lattuada Italy
A Matter of Life and Death (1946) Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger United Kingdom
The Merchant of Venice (1969 short) Orson Welles United States
I Mostri (aka Opiate '67, 1963) Dino Risi Italy
Othello (1951) Otello Orson Welles Italy, France, United States
The Power and the Glory (1933) William K. Howard United States
Ray of Sunshine (1933) Sonnenstrahl Paul Fejos Germany, Austria
Red Beard (1965) 赤ひげ / Akahige Akira Kurosawa Japan
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma Pier Paolo Pasolini Italy
The Thirsty One (1957) प्यासा / Pyaasa Guru Dutt India
To Sleep with Anger (1990) Charles Burnett United States
The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932) William K. Howard United States
We Want the Colonels (1973) Vogliamo i colonnelli Mario Monicelli Italy
White Paws (1949) Pattes blanches Jean Grémillon France
Documentaries on cinema
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Maddin Yves Montmayeur France
Alfredo Bini, the Unexpected Guest Alfredo Bini, ospite inatteso Simone Isola Italy
Behind the White Glasses Dietro gli occhiali bianchi Valerio Ruiz Italy
A Flickering Truth Pietra Brettkelly New Zealand, Afghanistan
For the Love of a Man Rinku Kalsy India
Helmut Berger, Actor Andreas Horvath Austria
N/A Jacques Tourneur le médium: filmer l'invisible Alain Mazars France
Mifune: The Last Samurai Steven Okazaki Japan
Venise (1912) unknown (Gaumont) France
Highlighted titles indicate the Best Restored Film and Best Documentary on Cinema official awards respectively.

Biennale College - Cinema

The following films were screened for the "Biennale College - Cinema" section, a higher education training workshop for micro-budget feature films:[21]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Baby Bump Kuba Czekaj Poland
Blanka Kohki Hasei Japan, Italy
The Fits Anna Rose Holmer United States

Final Cut in Venice

The following films were screened for the "Final Cut in Venice" section, a workshop to support the post-production of films from Africa:[22]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Ali, the Goat, and Ibrahim Ali Mea'za We Ibrahim Sherif Elbendary Egypt
House in the Fields Tigmi Nigren Tala Hadid Morocco
Path of Paradise Tarik Al-Jenah Atia Al-Daradji Iraq
Rooster of Beirut Deek Beirut Ziad Kalthoum Syria
Separation Havibon Hakar Abdulqadir Iraq
Zaineb Hates the Snow Zaineb Takrahou Ethelj Kaouther Ben Hania Tunisia

Il Cinema nel Giardino

The following feature films were selected for the Il Cinema nel Giardino section:[23]

Title Screening Director(s) Production country
Al centro del cinema 6 Sep Gianandrea Caruso, Chiara Dainese, Davide Minotti, Bernardo Pellegrini, Maria Tilli Italy
Carlo Lizzani, Il mio cinema 3 Sep Roberto Torelli, Cristina Torelli, Paolo Luciani Italy
Il decalogo di Vasco 11 Sep Fabio Masi Italy
Torn (Torn - Strappati) 9 Sep Alessandro Gassmann Italy
Where is the Goldfish? (Il pesce rosso dov'è?) 10 Sep Elisabetta Sgarbi Italy
ZAC - I Fiori del MALE 8 Sep Massimo Denaro Italy

Autonomous sections

International Critics’ Week

The following films were selected for the 29th Venice International Film Critics' Week:[24][25]

In competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Banat (The Journey) Banat Adriano Valerio Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia
The Black Hen Kalo Pothi Min Bahadur Bham Nepal, France, Germany
Light Years Esther May Campbell United Kingdom
Mountain Montanha João Salaviza Portugal, France
Motherland Ana Yurdu Senem Tüzen Turkey, Greece
The Return Green Zeng Singapore
Tanna Martin Butler Australia
Special Events - Out of competition
Occasion Title Director(s) Production country
Pre-Opening The Family (Jia) Shumin Liu China, Australia
Opening Film Orphan Peter Mullan United Kingdom
Closing Film Bagnoli Jungle Antonio Capuano Italy

Venice Days

The following films were selected for the 12th edition of the Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori) section:[26][27]

Official selection
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Arianna Carlo Lavagna Italy
As I Open My Eyes À peine j'ouvre les yeux Leyla Bouzid France, Tunisia, Belgium, United Arab Emirates
The Daughter Simon Stone Australia
Early Winter Michael Rowe Australia, Canada
First Light La prima luce Vincenzo Marra Italy
Island City Ruchika Oberoi India
Klezmer Piotr Chrzan Poland
Lolo Julie Delpy France
Long Live the Bride Viva la sposa Ascanio Celestini Italy, France, Belgium
The Memory of Water La memoria del agua Matías Bize Chile, Spain, Argentina, Germany
Retribution El desconocido Dani de la Torre Spain
Underground Fragrance Pengfei France, China
Special events
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Argentina Zonda, folclore argentino Carlos Saura Argentina, Spain, France
Harry's Bar Carlotta Cerquetti Italy
Innocence of Memories - Orhan Pamuk's Museum and Istanbul Grant Gee UK, Ireland, Italy
Ma Celia Rowlson-Hall United States
Milano 2015 Elio, Roberto Bolle, Silvio Soldini, Walter Veltroni, Cristiana Capotondi, Giorgio Diritti Italy
Viva Ingrid! Alessandro Rossellini Italy
Miu Miu Women's Tales
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
N/A Les 3 Boutons Agnès Varda France, Italy
N/A De Djess Alice Rohrwacher Italy
Special projects
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Bangland Lorenzo Berghella Italy
The Country Where Trees Fly. Eugenio Barba and the Days of Odin Il paese dove gli alberi volano. Eugenio Barba e i giorni dell'Odin Davide Barletti, Jacopo Quadri Italy
Dreams of the Salt Lake I sogni del lago salato Andrea Segre Italy
Lux Prize
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Mediterranea Jonas Carpignano Italy, United States, Germany, France, Qatar
Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven France, Germany, Turkey, Qatar
The Lesson Urok Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov Bulgaria, Greece
Highlighted title indicates the official Venice Days Award winner.


Official selection

The following Official Awards were presented at the 72nd edition:[28][4]

In Competition (Venezia 72)

Horizons (Orizzonti)

Lion of the Future

Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film: The Childhood of a Leader by Brady Corbet (Horizons)[29]

Venice Classics Awards

Special Awards

Autonomous sections

The following official and collateral awards were conferred to films of the autonomous sections:[33]

30th Venice International Critics' Week[34]

Venice Days[35]

Other collateral awards

The following collateral awards were conferred to films of the official selection:[33]

Special mention: The Childhood of a Leader by Brady Corbet
Special mention: The Wait (L'attesa) by Piero Messina
Special mention: Baby Bump by Kuba Czekaj
  • Arca CinemaGiovani Award:
  • FEDIC Award: Don't Be Bad directed by Claudio Caligari (Out of competition)
Special mention: The Wait directed by Piero Messina
Special Award: Johnny Depp and Terry Gilliam
Special mention: 11 Minutes directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
Special mention: Heart of a Dog by Laurie Anderson


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