The 37th Venice International Film Critics Week starts from the future, light and inclusiveness


– European titles dominate the selection of the parallel section of the Venice Film Festival this year, more oriented towards the public and with many dreamers among its protagonists

beating sun by Philippe Petit

A International Film Critics Week for all, playing with genres, inclusive, sunny. 2022 is a “zero year” for the autonomous and parallel section of the Venice Film Festival organized by the National Union of Italian Film Critics, whose 37th edition will take place from August 31 to September 10. A new logo (a screen that breaks down the fourth wall), a physical space in its own right on the Lido (the Casa della critica), new partners (including I Wonderfulthe I Wonder Pictures streaming platform, which will award its Grand Prize endowed with €5,000), a new acronym created using artificial intelligence, and of course, last but not least, new content.

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Presenting the program this morning in Rome, the president of the SNCCI Cristiana Paterno and general delegate of Critics’ Week Beatrice Fiorentino. Seven titles in competition, two out of competition, almost all European, of various genres (romantic comedy, horror, thriller), with one thing in common: “These are nine titles which, after the two very difficult years marked by the pandemic, have gone towards light, color, friendship, community”, specifies Fiorentino. “The protagonists are all dreamers who fight for a better and more inclusive future. And most films reflect on gender identity: the binary scheme seems completely outdated.” She adds: “It’s a more audience-oriented International Film Critics’ Week, which sends a signal of encouragement to industry”.

The dances will begin with Florent Gouelouit is Three nights a week, a queer romantic comedy set in nocturnal Paris, presented as “an explosion of light, color and love”. The closure of the section will be queens by Yasmine Benkirana feminist road movie that follows three women fleeing the police who cross the Moroccan desert towards the Atlantic coast and a possible new future.

Theo Montoyait is Anhell69 starts from the queer community of Medellin to tell the story of a violent city, a generation without a future but which still manages to dream, also thanks to cinema. beating sun by Philip Smalltitle considered by the breeders as the “pivot of the whole program”, is the story of an architect (Swann Arlaud) who dreams of redeveloping the square of a district in the center of Marseille, “a political but not ideological film, between the poetry of Rohmer and the militancy of Brizé”. dog born by Isabelle Carbonel is the story of two homeless twins who struggle to survive in an unscrupulous society, “a descent into hell but also the story of a possible rebirth”. David Wagnerit is Eismayerbased on a true story, revolves around an army officer known for his authoritarian ways, who is also gay and therefore faces the dilemma of whether or not to indulge his nature in this kind of environment.

Have you seen this woman? by Dusan Zoric and Matija Gluscevic is, according to Fiorentino, “the most incredibly disturbing film of the selection”, about a woman who escapes the role that society imposes on her. is also selected margin by Niccolò Falsetti, a punk comedy “heartfelt, vital, full of energy: the classic love at first sight”, with at its center a group of dreamers from the Tuscan province who play in a band, but do not manage to break through. To finish, Superficial by Alex Schaad, announced as the most radical film of the selection, between psychological thriller and body horror, a transgender reflection on the boundaries of identity and the laws of attraction. This year’s special event is the screening, 33 years after its premiere at International Film Critics’ Week, of Pedro Costait is Bloodnow restored.

In addition to the IWonderfull Grand Prize, the other novelty this year is the Film Club Audience Prize, worth €3,000. The titles in competition will also compete for the Circolo del Cinema di Verona Prize, the Mario Sarandrei Prize and the Lion of the Future.

Here is the program for the 37th International Week of Film Critics:


Anhell69Theo Montoya (Colombia)
beating sunPhilip Small (France)
dog bornIsabelle Carbonel (Sweden)
EismayerDavid Wagner (Austria)
Have you seen this woman?Dusan Zoric and Matija Gluscevic (Serbia)
marginNiccolò Falsetti (Italy)
SuperficialAlex Schaad (Germany)

Out of competition

Three nights a weekFlorent Gouelou (France) (opening film)
queensYasmine Benkiran (Morocco) (closing film)

Special screening (in collaboration with the 79th Venice International Film Festival)

BloodPedro Costa (Portugal) (1989)

SIC@SIC short films


Albertine, where are you?Maria Guidone (Italy)
Come the squidMargherita Panizon (Italy)
NostosMauro Zingarelli – (Italy)
wellLorenzo Fabbro and Bronte Stahl (Italy/USA/Romania)
ReginetteFederico Russotto (Italy)
RestiFederico Fadiga (Italy)
The lucid stanzaChiara Catherine (Italy)

Out of competition

Pinned up in a dressGianluca Matarrese and William Thomas (France) (opening short)
Happy birthdayGiorgio Ferrero (Italy) (closing short film)

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(Translated from Italian)


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