'La Commedia' nabs Venice slot
Amos Poe's new movie inspired by 'The Divine Comedy'LONDON -- Israeli-born underground New York filmmaker Amos Poe's new movie "La Commedia" has secured an Out Of Competition midnight slot at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.
The movie, produced and directed by Poe, is inspired by Dante Alighieri's medieval literary masterpiece "The Divine Comedy" and photographer Eadweard Muybridge's 19th century breakthrough "The Horse in Motion" -- occasionally referred to as the first motion picture.
Poe said: "I was looking for a film to make and was looking for a good writer. Dante came to mind. My hope is that the viewer will be equally entertained by what is going on the screen as by what's happening in her or his head and heart."
It tells the metaphorical tale of two middle-aged travelers confronting a mid-life crisis and progressing from hell to heaven in the process.
Poe's work will have its world premiere at the 67th Venice fest at midnight on Sept. 3 in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema).
Poe wrote, produced and directed "The Foreigner," with Eric Mitchell and Debbie Harry in 1977, a project considered to be one of his most influential.
He also founded the No Wave Cinema movement along with Jim Jarmusch, Mitchell, James Nares, John Lurie and Richard Kern.