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1999.
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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Venice Invites Hollywood — The 55th Venice Mostra

A review of the events and a commentary on the program of the 55th Mostra.

Eastern European films generated the greatest interest at the Venice festival this year with the awarded films Black Cat, White Cat (Emir Kusturica, The Silver Lion for Directing) and The Last Paradise (Luciano Pintilie, The Main Jury Award), as well as distinguished films by Radu Mihaelanu (Train de vie), Goran Paskaljević (Bure baruta) and Vera Chytilova (Zamke).
Out of the remaining European films, interest was sparked by Eric Rohmer’s film Autumn Stories, which was, in the opinion of the authors present, the best film of this year’s Mostra. The British selection was weaker than last year’s and the Italian production was severely criticized for having a privileged place at the festival. But in spite of this, one Italian film did triumph. Gianni Amelio’s Cosi ridevano, along with the Taviani brother’s Tu ridi, was judged the best film in the Italian program.

Independent American film were the most represented at the festival. The greatest interest was awakened by Abel Ferrara’s latest film New Rose Hotel, based on a short story be cyberpunk guru William Gibson. In comparison to the festival at Cannes, the author observes that the Venetian festival seems much poorer, but that a certain amount of glimmer returned with a supplementary program (Night and the Stars) that screened expensive Hollywood productions from Steven Speilberg’s Saving Private Ryan and John Frankenheimer’s Ronin to Peter Weir’s The Truman Show, Andrew Davis’ A Perfect Murder and Warren Beatty’s excellent Bulworth.



Dragan Rubeša

The Czech Film Week in Zagreb

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