Bertrand Blier comedy to open Venice sidebar

12 films are produced, co-produced in total of 14 countries

ROME -- Bertrand Blier's comedy "Le bruit des glacons" (The Clink of the Ice) will open the seventh edition of the Venice Days sidebar at the Venice Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday, unveiling what may be the event's most international lineup ever.
 
The non-competitive sidebar will screen 12 films that are produced or co-produced in a total of 14 countries. Among the highlights: "La Vida de los peces" (The Life of Fish), a drama from Chilean director Matias Bize; "L'Amore Buio" (Dark Love), from Italy's Antonio Capuano; Paul Gordon's "The Happy Poet," about the protagonists' efforts to open a health food restaurant dring an economic crisis; and "Cirkus Columbia," a comedy from Danis Tanovic set in the period before the first war in the Balkans.
 
Though the event is not competitive, its selections are eligible for the Venice Film Festival's collateral prizes, and organizers earlier announced plans for a new Venice Days Award, which will be presented to one of the films in the Venice Days lineup for "creativity and talent." The sidebar will run parallel to the Sept. 1-11 Venice Film Festival from its traditional home on the Venice Lido.
 
One change in store for this edition is that the films will not screen in the Sala Perla 2, as in the past. Ongoing construction tied to the new Palazzo del Cinema has limited access to that facility, meaning the screenings will be switched to the smaller cinemas Darsena and Sala Volpi, where they will share space with the festival's Critic's Week event.
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