Magazine article Screen International

Amir Naderi's Cut to Open Venice's Orizzonti

Magazine article Screen International

Amir Naderi's Cut to Open Venice's Orizzonti

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Venice also announces Orizzonti jury, as well as changes to Controcampo Italiano

Iranian director Amir Naderi's Cut will open the Venice film festival's Orizzonti section, the Biennale announced on Wednesday (July 13).

Naderi, who has lived in New York for over two decades, was last in Venice in 2008 with his competition title Vegas: Based On A True Story, a dark look at the pursuit of the American dream.

Cut, which will be eligible for Orizzonti's feature length film awards, is an outsider's take on Japan. Described as a visual love poem for cinema set in the world of the yakuza the film stars Hidetoshi Nishijima (Dolls), Takashi Sasano (Departures) and Takako Tokiwa.

The Biennale has also announced the Orizzonti jury, which is to be led by China's 2006 Golden Lion winner Jia Zhang-ke, and will include the Tate Modern's film curator Stuart Comer, French architect Odile Decq, Egyptian producer and director Marianne Khoury and Italian film editor and director Jacopo Quadri. …

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