Thursday, August 29, 2019

# Venice76 – La Biennale di Venezia - Film Festival – La Verite - Kore-eda Hirokazu - Pelikanblut - Katrin Gebbe

photograph - courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

# Venice76 – La Biennale di Venezia - Film Festival
La Verite - Kore-eda Hirokazu

The opening film at the Venice Film Festival is Kore-eda Hirokazu’s La Verite – The Truth.  Fabienne is a star of French cinema. She reigns amongst men who love and admire her. When she publishes her memoirs, her daughter Lumir returns from New York to Paris with her husband and young child. The reunion between mother and daughter will quickly turn to confrontation: truths will be told, accounts settled, loves and resentments confessed.
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clementine Grenier, Ludivine Sagnier.

  Credits L. Champoussin – 3B-Bunbuku-MiMovies-FR3

Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

“If I wanted to take on the challenge of shooting a first film abroad—in a language not my own and with a totally French crew— it is because I had the chance to meet actors and collaborators who wished to make a film with me.  La verite is the result of this confidence. What makes a family a family? Truth or lies? And what would you choose between a cruel truth and a sweet lie? These are the questions I have never ceased to ask myself through this film. I hope who see it will seize the opportunity to find their own answers.
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Director’s statement

Contessanally: good script, good acting, predictable, enjoyable.

  photograph - courtesy La Biennale di Venezia
# Venice76 – La Biennale di Venezia - Film Festival
Pelikanblut - Katrin Gebbe

Katrin Gebbe’s Pelikanblut – Pelikan Blood - tells the story of Wiebke lives together with her nine-year-old adoptive daughter Nicolina on an idyllic horse farm. After many years of waiting, she now has the chance to adopt Raya, a five-year-old girl, to provide Nicolina with the longed-for sister. The first weeks are harmonious, and the siblings get along great. But shortly thereafter, Wiebke realises that Raya, initially shy and charming, is becoming increasingly aggressive and poses a danger to herself and others. The mother will soon have to cross borders and take extreme decisions to protect her cubs.
Starring: Nina Hoss, Katerina Lipovska, Adelia-Constance Giovanni Ocleppo.

photograph - courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

“Pelikanblut explores the nightmare vision of parenthood. The title refers to the Christian image of the mother pelican that feeds her dead offspring with her own blood and as a result brings them back to life. It is a metaphor for self-sacrificing love and faith. The protagonist of my film as well cuts her own sacrificial path in order to heal her emotionally ‘dead’ child. She starts a questionable treatment and becomes more and more obsessed with finding a solution for her dilemma.”
Katrin Gebbe

Contessanally: gripping psychological thriller.

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