Akira Kurosawa's films to screen at 72nd Venice International Film Fest

NEW DELHI: Restored films of famed Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and Hou Hsiao-hsien will be screened in the Classics section of the Venice International Film Festival in September.


The 72nd edition of the Festival, one of the oldest in the world, is being held from 2 - 12 September. The full list of selected films will be announced by director Alberto Barbera next week.


The 21-film Classics programme includes Kurosawa’s Red Beard (1965) presented by Japan's Toho Co Ltd and Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Boys from Fengkuei (1983) co-presented by Hou, Cinémath?que Royal de Belgique and the Film Foundation's World Cinema Project. 


Other films in the section includes Sal?, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Yilmaz Güney's Hope, Jean-Pierre Melville's Léon MorinPriest and Federico Fellini's epoch-making Amarcord.


Everest directed by Baltasar Kormákur for Universal and shot on location in Nepal and the Italian Alps will be opening film. It stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, and Jake Gyllenhaal.


The world premiere of Everest will be screened on 2 September. Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.


Another film that will have its world premiere out-of-competition is Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated drama Black Mass, directed by Scott Cooper. The film stars Johnny Depp as notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, along with an acclaimed ensemble cast including Joel Edgerton,  Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, and Kevin Bacon.

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