VENICE INT’L FILM FESTIVAL 2014 - Venice Days Spotlight:
Larry Clark’s THE SMELL OF US
The Venice International Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica), is organized by La Biennale di Venezia, one of the world’s most prestigious cultural institutions. The Venice International Film Festival in held on the Venetian district of Lido, a popular beach resort, and runs from August 27 to September 6.
The 2014 Venice International Film Festival will showcase its official selections of international competition and first premiering feature films in its “Venezia 71” section. Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori), the independent film section modeled on the ‘Directors´ Fortnight´ of the Cannes Festival, is one of the festival’s sidebar sections.
Here’s a selective look at one of the indie films officially selected for the 2014 Venice Days.
Larry Clark’s THE SMELL OF US
Country/Language: France/French, with English subtitles
Cast: Lukas Ionesco, Diane Rouxel, Theo Cholbi, Hugo Behar-Thinieres, Rayan Ben Yaiche, Adrien Binh Doan, Maxime Terin, Valentin Charles, Niseema, Dominique Frot, Philippe Rigot, Valerie Maes, & Jean-Christophe Quenon.
In 1993, following a successful career as an exhibited & published art photographer, Larry Clark made his directorial debut with the music video for “Solitary Man” by American singer-songwriter Chris Isaak. Two years later, he directed his first feature-length film, “Kids”, which established him as one of the most controversial and influential directors of our time.
“I’ve wanted to make a film about French youth since I went to Cannes with my first film KIDS in 1995. I met some French teenagers and I invited them to the premiere of KIDS. I ended up hanging out with them and photographing them while in Cannes and learned about teenage culture in France and even went to their homes and met their parents and had dinners with them. I knew then I could make a film in France about youth and that I was interested.”, shares Larry Clark, American filmmaker, (MARFA GIRL, BULLY, KIDS)
In Paris, a crew of skate kids meets up every day at The Dome, behind the Museum of Modern Art, to skateboard, goof off & get stoned as they ignore the smart crowd of art lovers. Bound by complicated family ties, they have become inseparable. Nevertheless, boredom, the lure of easy money and the anonymity of the Internet all will have a role in tearing their tightly-held world apart.
World Premiere screening, followed by Q&A: Aug.31, 5pm, at Palazzo del Casinò: Sala Perla
Other notable indie films in this section include the world premiere of Laurent Cantet’s RETOUR A ITHAQUE (Return To Havana) South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk’s ONE ON ONE, Miranda July’s #8 SOMEBODY, and Shawn Christensen’s BEFORE I DISAPPEAR, based on the 2013 Oscar-winning short, Curfew.
If you can’t attend the bellisma festival in person, a selection of films making their World Premiere will also be available for online screening via Sala Web. The online screenings will parallel the festival’s regular programming for a five day period, and stream for 24 hours. Sala Web will be hosted on a secure site operated by Festival Scope (www.festivalscope.com) on behalf of the Venice Film Festival.
Digital tickets for Sala Web screenings will go on sale in mid-August, via a dedicated box office accessible through the Biennale’s website: www.labiennale.org.