The 33. Venice International Film Critics' Week unveiled its line-up. The selection is curated by the General Delegate Giona A. Nazzaro together with film critics Luigi Abiusi, Alberto Anile, Beatrice Fiorentino and Massimo Tria. The selection was announced during a press conference in Rome, hosted by Franco Montini, President of the Union of Italian Film Critics, that stated: "The Critics' Week evolves through new filmmakers and languages: this is our goal. My wish is that this year's directors could join the great auteurs discovered in the past editions."
Selection committee member Beatrice Fiorentino defined this year's line-up, "a combat selection, not afraid to stick its neck out." Tumbbad by Rahi Anil Barve and Adesh Prasad is the Opening Film, "an Indian Spielberg-like fantasy, far from the song-packed tradition of Bollywood" as Nazzaro describes it. Hajooj's Kuka's A Kasha takes us instead to sub-Saharan Africa: "a Sudanese film that looks like its country, and not like some European cinematic outskirts." Germany's Adam & Evelyn by Andreas Goldstein is "a film about disenchanted expectations", while France's Betes Blondes by Alexia Walther and Maxime Matray is described as a "lunar comedy, narcoleptic and ironic". Saeed Al Batal and Ghiath Ayoub presents their documentary Still Recording, "a film made by two Syrian students, documenting the war from within. A film that already belongs to the history of documentary cinema." Finland's M by Anna Eriksson is the "most mysterious" film of the selection, "a self-portrait of the artist that projects herself to the last days of Marylin Monroe." Ivan Salatic's You Have the Night marks the first time for Montenegro at the Critics' Week: "a nocturnal poem on the disappearance of the working class, a cinematic object of flawless formal beauty." The closing film is Dachra by Abdelhamid Bouchnak: "From Tunisia, a full-blown horror presenting an interesting commentary on the revolution."
After the participation in the Critics' Week last year with her short Little Italians, Letizia Lamartire is now selected in competition with her debut feature We'll Be Young and Beautiful. The film a bittersweet intergenerational comedy, an affectionate and pop gaze that can grasp the passage to the most fragile dark moments of life with emotion and tenderness. An unusual musical; the Italian comedy that reinvents itself and is born again. It's the story of Isabella, ex-pop star from the early 90s. Bruno is a guitar player who accompanies her. They are great friends and partners on stage but, more than that, they are mother and son, united by a symbiotic relationship that seems untouchable and that is a golden cage to them, where they have always been locked up. However, the moment comes when that cage turns out to be too small. Penned by Marco Borromei and Anna Zagaglia, the film stars Barbora Bobulova, Alessandro Piavani, Massimiliano Gallo e Federica Sabatini and is produced by Elisabetta Bruscolini for Csc Production with Rai Cinema.
Toni D'Angelo short film Nobody's Innocent, a urban noir overturning Neapolitan stereotypes and starring Salvatore Esposito, is the Opening Special Event of SIC@SIC (Short Italian Cinema at Settimana Internazionale della Critica), the laboratory of the Venice Critics’ Week dedicated to the Italian filmmakers of tomorrow and aiming to attract the work of some of those who will hopefully become the most interesting directors of the near future. The program is made possible thanks to a synergy between the Union of Italian Film Critics' and Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, presenting it as one of the initiatives supporting the development of the new Italian cinema and promoting young filmmakers. In the words of Nazzaro, "In a rossellinean way, we like to imagine SIC@SIC as the “Year One” of Italian cinema. The place where our country equips itself to recount the challenges of tomorrow, which, as we already know, will be many, complex and difficult. The trust we have in our little platoon of young Italian filmmakers is very high. And with them, the future looks less dark." The third edition of SIC@SIC offers a selection of seven short films in competition by Italian directors who have not yet embarked on a full-length film, and three special events, all screened in world premiere. The Italian shorts in competition are: Chronicles from Dusk by Luca Capponi, Epicentrum by Leandro Picarella, Until the End by Giovanni Dota, Frontiera by Alessandro Di Gregorio, Gagarin, I Will Miss You by Domenico De Orsi, Malo tempo by Tommaso Perfetti, Those Bad Things by Loris Giuseppe Nese. Besides Toni D'Angelo's film, two other special events complete the selection: Laura Luchetti's Sugar Love and Cosimo Alemà's single-take short Under Suspicion for a Crime of Passion Aggravated by Triviality.