Venice packs 'Lunch' for Critics Week

Eight countries represented in sidebar

GENEVA, Switzerland -- "Lonsj" (Lunch), a drama from Norway's Eva Sorhaug, will open the Venice Film Festival's 23rd edition of Critics Week, headlining a lineup that features nine films from eight countries.

Only host Italy is represented twice, with Pippo Mezzapesa's closing film "Pinuccio Lovero sogno di una morte di mezza estate" (Pinuccio Lovero Dreams of a Mid-Summer Death) as well as Gianni Di Gregorio's "Pranzo di Ferragosto" (Lunch on the August Vacation).

"Pranzo di Ferragosto" marks the directoral debut for Di Gregorio, co-writer on the organized crime drama "Gomorrah," which earned rave reviews at Cannes in May.

Other countries whose productions appear in the sidebar's eclectic slate include Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, France, Malaysia and Turkey.

The 65th edition of the Venice Film Festival is set for Aug. 27-Sept. 6.

The complete Critics Week lineup follows:

"Lunch" (Lonsj), Eva Sorhaug, Norway (opening film)
"The Apprentice" (L'apprenti), Samuel Collardey, France
"Night Guards" (Cuvari Noci), Namik Kabil, Bosnia and Herzegovina
"Cucumber" (Huanggua), Zhou Yaowu, China
"Two Lines" (Iki Cizgi), Selim Evci, Turkey
"Kabuli Kid," Barmak Akram, France/Afghanistan
"Pranzo di Ferragosto," Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy
"$e11.Ou7! Sell Out!," Yeo Joonhan, Malaysia
"Pinuccio Lovero Sogno di una morte di mezza estate," Pippo Mezzapesa, Italy (closing film)