Seven MEDIA funded films selected at the 2020 Venice Film Festival

At the end of July the Venice Film Festival announced its line-up with three main sections: Venezia 77, Out Of Competition and Orizzonti.

Venice is the first major festival of the year to take place as a physical edition since Sundance and Berlin after festivals as Cannes and Telluride had been cancelled.

The Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme is represented across the festival’s different sections:

Venezia 77 (Main competition) 

  • Amants (Lovers), directed by Nicole Garcia, is a French film about Lisa, who, while on vacation with her husband, rekindles a passionate affair with her ex-boyfriend which may lead to a murder. The film received €60,000 under the MEDIA development schemes.
  • Śniegu już nigdy nie będzie (Never Gonna Snow Again), directed by Małgorzata Szumowska is a Polish/German co-production about an Ukrainian migrant working as a masseur in Poland who becomes a guru-like figure in the gated community where his clients live. The film received €44,000 under the MEDIA development schemes.
  • Quo Vadis, Aida? directed by Jasmila Zbanic tells the story of Aida, a UN translator in Srebrenica when the Serbian army takes over the town and her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. The nine-country collaboration (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Romania, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Norway and Turkey) received €50,000 under the MEDIA development schemes.
  • Notturno, directed by Gianfranco Rossi, is a documentary about those trying to survive in the war-torn Middle East. The Italian documentary received €31,494 under the MEDIA distribution schemes.

Orizzonti (competition)

  • Apples, directed by Christos Nikou is an allegorical story about how memory functions and how this affects our being. This Greece/Poland/Slovenia co-production received €30,000 under the MEDIA development schemes.
  • La Nuit Des Rois, is a France/Ivory Coast collaboration directed by Philippe Lacôte about a young man who is sent to “La Maca”, a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest. The film received €50,000 under the MEDIA development schemes and €40,000 under the MEDIA-supported TFL Audience Design Fund.
  • Nowhere Special is an Italian/Romanian/UK co-production directed by Uberto Pasolini about a 35 year-old window cleaner, who has been given a few months to live and tries to find a new perfect family for his son. The film received €48,121 under the MEDIA distribution schemes.

Image: Nowhere Special is a co-production between Picomedia SRL, Nowhere Special Ltd, Avanpost/Digital Cube SRL, in association with Rai Cinema, with the support of Northern Ireland Screen and Eurimages.