Venice Critics' Week Unveils Lineup

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2015 Venice Film Festival

The selection includes nine world-premiere screenings.

The Venice International Film Critics' Week on Monday unveiled its lineup, which includes seven debut films and two out-of-competition selections.

All films in the sidebar will have their world premieres in Venice.

The films will compete for the Critics’ Week audience award, as well as prizes for most innovative film and best technical contribution. They are also eligible, as is the case with all competitive sections of the Venice Film Festival, to compete for the Lion of the Future award for best debut film, complete with a $100,000 prize.

The Critics’ Week lineup will open with Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion, an all-girl gothic tale set in British working-class suburbs. It will close with Diego Olivares’ The Land of the Fires, a mix of Italian political cinema and soap opera. Both are screening out of competition.

In competition, Luca Bellino’s Crater is a reverse Disney fairy tale set around Naples, while Germany’s Helena Wittmann will present Drift, the story of two women setting off on different journeys from the North Sea. Switzerland’s Katharina Wyss enters the competition with Sarah Plays a Werewolf, which centers on a transformative young stage performer.

France’s Bertrand Mandico will present The Wild Boys, a 20th century journey of five boys who discover a supernatural island, while Emre Yeksan will debut The Gulf, a surreal political parable in Turkey. Danish helmer Annika Berg will screen Team Hurricane, a pic about a group of punk teen girls, which was produced by Katja Adomeit, one of the producers of the Palme d’Or winner The Square. And Argentina’s Natalia Garagiola will premiere Hunting Season, which focuses on a volatile father-son relationship in Patagonia. 

The Venice Critics' Week is set to run Aug. 30-Sept. 9. 

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