Venice Fest Adds New Films to Lineup, Names New Jury Members

The poster for Venice's 70th edition

Among the new additions is Patrice Leconte’s pre-World War I romantic drama "A Promise" and three documentaries.

LOCARNO, Switzerland – The Venice Film Festival added Patrice Leconte’s romantic drama Une Promesse  (A Promise) and three documentaries to its official selection Thursday, while announcing two new jury members and a special screening of the products of its "Future Reloaded" section of ultra short films.

Un premesse, which will screen out of competition, stars Alan Rickman, Rebecca Hall, and Richard Madden in a pre-World War I drama based on a novel by Stefan Zweig. The Venice screening will be the world premiere for the film.

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Also added to the lineup are a trio of documentaries: Gabe Klinger’s Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater and Donne nel mito: Anna Magnani from Marco Spagnoli -- both in the Film History part of the Venezia Classici section -- and Dai nostril inviati – La RAI racconta la Mostra del Cinema 1980-1989 (From Our Correspondents: RAI News Tells the Story of the Venice Film Festival 1980-89) from Enrico Salvatori, Giuseppe Giannotti, and Davide Savelli, which will screen out of competition.

Also added to the program is a set of 170 photos from Gideon Bachman in Dietro le quinte di 8 e ½ (Behind the Scenes of 8 ½), about the making of Federico Fellini’s classic 8 ½, part of the festival’s one-day Fellini tribute.

The festival also announced that actress and author Carrie Fisher will join the international jury, to be headed by Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci, while director Amat Escalente will be added to the jury that will select the Luigi De Laurentiis award for debut films in the official selection.

Finally, the festival said that all 70 of the ultra-short films in the “Future Reloaded” section will screen back-to-back on opening night, following the opening ceremony and the world premiere of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Venice’s opening film. “Future Reloaded” is made up of 70 films of 90 seconds or less made by film directors who have had some previous association with the Venice festival in honor of the event’s 70th edition this year. Among the directors who have agreed to make films for the project are Bertolucci, Paul Schrader and Monte Hellman.

The Venice Festival will take place this year Aug. 28 - Sept. 7.

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