Venice Announces Contracampo Lineup

"All the Fault of the Music," "Horses" to headline Venice's Contracampo Italiano Italian sidebar.

ROME –Tutta Colpa della Musica (All the Fault of the Music)  from Ricky Tognazzi and Michelle Rho’s debut film Cavalli (Horses) will headline the ix-film feature competition for Venice's Contracampo Italiano Italian sidebar, festival officials said Monday.

Both films feature unusual on-screen appearances, with Tognazzi himself appearing in Tutta Colpa della Musica, while distributor Andrea Occhipinti will appear in Cavalli along with Asia Argento – daughter of horror film director Dario Argento – and Vincio Marchioni.

As announced previously, Scialla!, a comedy and the directorial debut of screenwriter Francesco Bruni, will open the feature section. The other films competing for the prize will be Fabrizio Cattani’s Maternity Blues, Qualche nuvola (A Few Clouds); the first film from Saverio di Biagio; and Francesco Patierno’s Cosa dell’altro mondo (Things From Another World).

The sidebar will hand out prizes in three categories: feature films, shorts, and documentaries.

The festival also announced the lineups in those sections. The festival already announced that Maria Grazie Cucinotta’s Il Maestro will follow the premiere of Scialla on Sept. 2 to open the section, with other shorts on tap including Jonas Carignano’s A chjana; Alice from Roberto de Paolis; Stafano Lorenzi’s The Cricket; Eco da luogo colpito from Carlo Michele Scririnzi; Elizabetta Sgarbi’s Prove per un naufragio della parola;, and Giovanni Virgilio’s My Name is Sid.

The nine films competing for the documentary prize will be La Tratta from Barbara Cupisti; Caldo griglio, caldo nero, the first film from Marco Dentici; Luigi Faccini’s Rudolf Jacobs, l’uomo che nacque Moreno; Andata e ritorno, the debut film from noted actress Donatella Finocchiaro; Dai nostri inviati – La RAI racconta la Mostra del Cinema 1968-1979 from Giuseppe Giannotti, Enrico Salvatori, and Davide Savello; Teresa Marchesi’s Pivano Blues; Antonello Sarno’s Schuberth – L’atelier della dolce vita; Hollywood Invasion from Marco Spagnoli; and Un foglio bianco from Maurizio Zaccaro.

Venice, which will announce it’s full lineup on Thursday, will take place this year Aug. 31-Sept. 10.

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