Venice plans 'Vacation' for trend sidebar


ROME -- "Sad Vacation," from Japanese director Aoyama Shinji, will open the Orizzonti sidebar at this year's Venice Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday. An Italian film and a documentary from the Philippines were chosen to close the sidebar.

The Orizzonti sidebar identifies films that illustrate new trends in filmmaking. Organizers revealed Monday that the sidebar's jury will be headed by U.S. helmer Gregg Araki (HR 7/24).

In addition to "Vacation," organizers selected Italian director Tonino De Bernardi's "Medee Miracle" as the sidebar's last fiction film. Lav Diaz's "Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga engkanto" (Death in the Land of Encantos) will be the final documentary.

The full Orizzonti lineup will be announced Thursday along with the festival's competition lineup. The 64th annual Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8.