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Venice Days' Spotlight on Female Filmmakers: 'Womens Tales' in Conversation with Nair, Bier & Cavani

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 28, 2012 at 12:58PM

The Venice International Film Festival's Venice Days kicks off its ninth edition with "Women's Tales," featuring four short films by young female directors: Zoe Cassavetes, Lucrecia Martel, Giada Colagrande and Massy Tadjedin.
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The Reluctant Fundamentalist
'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'

The Venice International Film Festival's Venice Days kicks off its ninth edition with "Women's Tales," featuring four short films by young female directors: Zoe Cassavetes, Lucrecia Martel, Giada Colagrande and Massy Tadjedin. Venice Day's three-day showcase, intended to support female filmmakers, will take place on the Lido with creative partner Miu Miu.

The directors will participate in a Q & A about women's creativity in film on August 31 and September 1 (11:30am) at the Hotel Excelsior's Sala Tropicana. They will be joined by filmmakers Liliana Cavani, Mira Nair and last year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winner Susanne Bier ("In A Better World"). Natalia Aspesi and Luciana Castellina will moderate the events.

Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" has been acquired by Italian distrib Eagle Pictures prior to its premiere as the opening night film at Venice (August 29).

Here's more on Venice Days.

This article is related to: Venice Film Festival, Women in Film, Susanne Bier, Mira Nair, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.