Venice Days Unveils Lineup, Including Chloe Sevigny Short

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Chloe Sevigny

The Venice Film Festival sidebar once again features a strong female lineup.

Chloe Sevigny is bringing her second directorial work to the upcoming Venice Days, the Venice Film Festival sidebar.

The sidebar's Women’s Tales section will screen Carmen, Sevigny's short film about the highs and lows of performing on the road. Also in Women’s Tales, Celia Rowlson-Hall explores nuclear Armageddon through the eyes of dancing twins in underground Las Vegas in #14 (The [End) of History Illusion].

Venice Days, in its 14th year, is an independent sidebar, modeled after Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, which focuses on films from established and upcoming directors outside of the mainstream. Its competition section this year features 12 films from around the globe, with 11 of them getting their world premieres.

Among the competition highlights, Canadian director Kim Nguyen will bring his drone love story Eye on Juliet, starring Joe Cole, to the fest, while Iranian artist Shirin Neshat will debut Looking for Oum Kulthum, about a woman who is seeking to revive onscreen the myth of a legendary Arab singer.

Chinese director Pengfei will return to Venice Days with his second feature, The Taste of Rice Flower. And Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang will bring his satire of Thai bourgeoisie, Samui Song, to the competition.

Among the festival’s special events, Nick Hooker will premiere his HBO Documentary Films portrait Agnelli, about the Italian Fiat industrialist. And James Lester will debut his look at the New York burlesque scene with Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story.

Venice Days is set to run Aug. 30-Sept. 9. Check out the full lineup below.


Candelaria, Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza
The Contagion, Matteo Botrugno, Daniele Coluccini
Where Shadows Fall, Valentina Pedicini
L’Equilibrio, Vincenzo Marra
Eye on Juliet, Kim Nguyen
Longing, Savi Gabizon
Life Guidance, Ruth Mader
Looking for Oum Kulthum, Shirin Neshat
M, Sara Forestier
Samui Song, Pen-ek Ratanaruang
The Taste of Rice Flower, Pengfei
Volubilis, Faouzi Bensaidi


#14 (The [End) of History Illusion], Celia Rowlson-Hall
Carmen, Chloe Sevigny


Agnelli, Nick Hooker
Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story, James Lester
I’M (endless like the space), Anne-Riitta Ciccone
La Legge Del Numero Uno, Alessandro D’Alatri
The Resolute, Giovanni Donfrancesco
The Millionairs, Claudio Santamaria
Thirst Street, Nathan Silver
Il Tentato Suicidio Nell’Adolescenza, Ermanno Olmi
Raccontare Venezia, Wilma Labate