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Biennale College Cinema: A Special Formula #Venezia77

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Two themes: the making of low-budget films in a period of global recession, and the need to find youthful auteurs.

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PODCAST | The panel about Biennale College Cinema: A Special Formula chaired by Peter Cowie and with Savina Neirotti, Jessica Kiang, Pierre Eisenreich and Sara Ehnholm Hielm.

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The Biennale College Cinema scheme is exciting chiefly because it is in essence a workshop – a workshop that places the focus squarely on two essential themes: the making of low-budget films in a period of global recession, and the need to find youthful auteurs if the cinema is to be reinvigorated. The selection criteria involve the originality of the idea, and also the quest for a new or inventive film language.

This year, due to the extraordinary circumstances which have affected every aspect of film production and post-production, only two of the four commissioned feature films have been completed in time for their world premiere at the Mostra. The panel will therefore discuss both The Art of Return and Fucking with Nobody, which are being screened in the festival this week.

The big question remains: can these new films now enjoy a future on the international stage? There is always the challenge of securing distribution and exhibition for such movies beyond a coterie of film festivals. So, how successful have they been in the eyes of our panel? We’re delighted that our panellists have had the courage to make their way to Venice, from Finland, from France, from Germany, and of course, as always, from Italy in the person of Savina Neirotti.

To discover more about the project, click here.

  • Guest
    Peter Cowie, Savina Neirotti, Jessica Kiang, Pierre Eisenreich, Sara Ehnholm Hielm
  • Interviewee role
    moderator, Head of Programme and International Film Critics
  • Festival section
    Biennale college cinema
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