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MEDIA-supported films in Venice

When the 71st Venice Film Festival opens on the 27 August, four of ten films selected for the Main Competition are being supported by EU's Creative Europe programme. The MEDIA sub-programme is represented in Venice by some of the most outstanding, award-winning European directors: Fatih Akın, Roy Andersson and Xavier Beauvois.

 

A fourth film – also developed with support from the MEDIA programme - has been selected for the International Critics Week in Venice. This is the documentary work of director Ivan Gergolet with the title "Dancing with Maria", an Italian, Argentinian, Slovenian co-production.

The 71st Venice International Film Festival will run from 27 August to 6 September 2014.  

German director Fatih Akın  is represented in Venice with his new film "The Cut" (co-production between Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Canada, Poland and Turkey). The film explores the dark side of what humans are capable of. The film completes Akin's "Love, Death and the Devil" trilogy, following on from "Head-On" ("Gegen de Wand"), 2004, and "The Edge of Heaven" ("Auf der anderen Seite"), 2007.

Roy Andersson's new film "A Pigeon sat on a Branch reflecting on Existence" ("En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron") is selected for the Venice' Main Competition (co-production between Sweden, Germany, Norway and France).  It tells the story of two men moving through time and space from the distant past until modern times. This film is also part of a trilogy, with thematic and visual relations with Andersson's two previous films "Songs from the second Floor" ("Sånger från andra våningen"), 2004, and "You, the Living" ("Du levande"), 2007.

French Xavier Beauvois is, like his German and Swedish colleagues, working both as a screen writer and film director (as well as an actor). In Venice he will compete for the Golden Lion with his new film "La Rançon de la gloire" (co-production between France, Belgium and Switzerland). Beauvois' most acclaimed film up to know would be the Cannes 2010 Grand Prix winner "Of Gods and Men" ("Des homes et des dieux").

Also competing for the Golden Lion is the French film "Loin des hommes" ("Far from Men") directed by David Oelhoffen, starring Viggo Mortensen as one of the two main characters. The film tells the story of two very different men who are forced to flee together through the peaks of the Algerian Atlas mountains.

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