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Sheri Jennings | Screen Daily 2010-07-19
Breillat's Sleeping Beauty to open Venice Horizons

Hong Sang-soo’s love-triangle story Oki’s Movie will close the revamped Orizzonti section.


The Venice Film Festival has chosen Catherine Breillat’s interpretation of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale as the opening film to the newly revamped Horizons (Orizzonti) selection while Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo’s Oki’s Movie ?a love triangle set in the present, past and the fictional world of cinema ?will close the section. Both having their world premieres in Venice, the films will be screened Sept 2 and Sept 11 in the Lido’s Sala Darsena.

The two films will both compete and are eligible for the prizes denoted for features in the section: the Orizzonti Award and the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize. While Orizzonti has always been dedicated to new trends in cinema, it now expands its purpose in embracing “custom format?films as a means to welcome potential new directions in cinematic languages.

Sleeping Beauty stars Kerian Mayan, Julia Artamonov and David Chausse. The film is produced by Jean-Francois Lepetit and Sylvette Frydman for Flach Film Production - Cb Films - Arte France.

Previously in Venice, she was in competition with Brief Crossing in 2001, and she also wrote Selon Matthieu for Xavier Beauvois. She served on 2007’s all-director jury in Venice.

Oki’s Movie, Hong Sang-soo’s 11th feature, will mark his first time in Venice. His Hahaha on the Un Certain Regard prize in Cannes this year.

Oki’s Movie is a four-part narrative focusing on the beautiful, young Oki who is caught between a young filmmaker and his old film professor. The film takes place in the present and past, as well as between reality and cinematic fiction and stars Lee Sun-kyun, Jung Yu-mi as well as Moon Sung-keun. Written and directed by Hong, the film is produced by his own Jeonwonsa with FineCut representing world sales.

The Venice Film Festival’s 67th edition runs Sept. 1-11.

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