Monday, September 05, 2022

#BiennaleCinema2022 - #Venezia79 - The Venice International Film Festival - Favorite Films - Argentina 1985 + Living

Lina Etchesuri  photo - Amazon Studios - La union de los Rios Kenya Films Infinity Films - 
courtesy La Biennale di Venezia
The Venice International Film Festival 
Argentina 1985
Santiago Mitre
Argentina, 1985 is inspired by the true story of public prosecutors Julio Strassera and Luis Moreno Ocampo, who dared to investigate and prosecute Argentina’s bloodiest military dictatorship in 1985. Undeterred by the military’s still considerable influence within their fragile new democracy, Strassera and Moreno Ocampo assembled a young legal team of unlikely heroes for their David-vs-Goliath battle. Under constant threat to themselves and their families, they raced against time to bring justice to the victims of the military junta.
Stars - Ricardo Darin, Peter Lanzani - Alejandra Flechner, Santiago Armas, Laura Paredes, Carlos Portaluppi.
 Ricardo Darin and Peter Lanzani
 Director's Statement
Santiago Mitre 
"I can still remember the day Strassera closed his indictment: the roar of the courtroom, my parents’ emotion, the streets finally able to celebrate something other than a soccer match, the idea of justice as an act of healing. The trial of 1985 made Argentinean justice acknowledge and deliberate a long overdue claim. As I researched, I stumbled onto unknown aspects: the prosecutors’ backgrounds, the young team with no experience, the region that was still under dictatorships. This story resonated with me and set in motion my desire to make a film about justice, and go deeper into the cinematic and political search than ever in my previous films, this time based on actual events."
photograph - courtesy La Biennale di Venezia
Oliver Hermanus 

Living is the story of an ordinary man, reduced by years of oppressive office routine to a shadow existence, who at the eleventh hour makes a supreme effort to turn his dull life into something wonderful—into one he can say has been lived to the full. 
Cast - Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, Tom Burke.
Screenplay - Kazuo Ishiguro.
Bill Nighy 
Director's Statement 
Oliver Hermanus 
"Although it might seem like only a fool would take on the task of re-imagining master filmmaker Kurosawa’s humanist triumph, Ikiru, I instantly jumped at the opportunity. I felt a need to tell a story about life and the value of the simple, incremental footprint we all leave. In a world overwhelmed by instant fame and gratification, an obsession with eternal devotion and adoration, I felt a want of a film like Living. A companion at those moments in time when all one really needs in a film is to be reminded that life is short but beautiful."



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