Venice Film festival
Italy is known to us for its contribution in almost all the fields of arts. Films are no exception to it as they are the most fascinating and entertaining form of arts. The contribution towards the film industry is enormous. Creativity certainly requires motivation and nobody can deny the effect of a romantic location on motivation. Venice through ages is known to the world for the romance its wraps throughout and the patronization it has offered to various artist and their creations. What could be more suitable destination to organize a platform to honour the greatest of the great creators of movies, the form of art that is most cherished and enjoyed in the modern days.
Yes we are talking about the world famous Venice film festival or otherwise known as Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica which takes place every year in the month of August/ September on the Lido di Venezia in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the lungomare Marconi in Venice, Italy. The film festival is part of the Venice Biennale, a major biennale exhibition and festival for contemporary art. The event organized every year is not just an ordinary film festival but rather can be compared like clearing final
exam, once correctly compared by the famous film director Federico Fellini. The experience of participating in the event is a lifetime experience of glory, pride, joy, happiness, sorrow and the ultimate satisfaction to be remembered for the rest of life. The rules of the game are very strictly followed and the participants are expected to give proper respect to the rules decided by the committee. The films interested to participate got to be virgin at least in the aspect of participation in film festivals. The honor of the festival is also because of its age. Mostra inaugurated in the year 1932 is perhaps the oldest film festival in the world and therefore also carries the prestige of its age.
The main award for Mostra is the prestigious Leone d’Oro or the golden lion is the most sought after and glorious. Talk to any filmmaker or person associated with film, almost all of their dreams would be to achieve the golden lion of Venice. Off course the award also does carry a lot of meaning as it is decided by an international panel of juries and every nomination is analyzed critically in every possible angle so that the ultimate selection is beyond all doubts. There are off course other sections also which are equally proclaimed like the Corto Cortissimo lion for the best short film and the Venezia Orizzonti prize and Luigi De Laurentiis awards. Recently a new award has been added, the San Marco award for the best film in the controcorrente section.
The coverage of Mostra is enormous in terms of not only the spectators but also in terms of the number of films participating in the event as nobody can expect such a vast display and platform of talents to be organized other than Venice. Besides the main section the Italian Association of Film Critics, in total independence from the Mostra, chooses seven first films for presentation in the international critics week. Even the working prints in double heads can be presented for selection provided it had reached a state of
post-production enabling its evaluation and must be in perfectly fit in its technical condition permitting its screening. Such is the knack to search art and talent in Mostra. Talking about the coverage in a different angle the Mostra is attended by approximately three thousand journalists, film critics, radio and television reporters from all over the world who are been offered privileged access to all the screenings so that the maximum can be communicated to the world. Therefore it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Mostra is perhaps the most extraordinary and exclusive launch pad for new film makers and established personalities of the 7th art.
To experience the grandeur of the festival it is imperative to go through the list of those who achieved the zenith of glory in film in the past so many years in this arena. To start with the Golden Lion, 2004 winner was Vera Drake directed by Mike Leigh, 2003 was for Vozvrashchenive or the return by Andrey Zvyaguintsev, 2002 was for The Magdalene Sisters by Peter Mullan, 2001 was for Monsoon Wedding by Mira Nair, 2000 for The Circle by Jafar Panahi, 1999 for Not one Less by Zhang Yimou, 1998 for Cosi ridevano by Gianni
Amelio, 1997 for Hana bi by Takeshi Kitano, 1996 for Michael Collins by Neil Jordan, 1995 for Xich lo by Anh Hung,1994 for Aiqing wansui by Tsai Ming-liang, 1993 for Shorts cuts by Robert Altman. Few mentioned above are succeeded by many more films which are classics of their own kind. Equally worth to mention are the other section of the awards. Mussolini cup for the best Italian film also has its own wonderful history of legendary films which are creation to be remembered forever. Few to mention would be 1934-Teresa confalonieri by Guido Brignone, 1935-Casta Diva by Carmine Gallone, 1936-Squadrone bianco by Augusto Genina, 1937-Scipione l’Africano by Carmine Gallone, 1938-Luciano serra pilota and 1939-Abuna Mesias by Goffredo Alessandrini, 1940-L’assediodell’Alcazar by Augusto Genina, 1941-La coronoa di ferro by Alessandro Blasetti and 1942- Bengasi by Augusto Genina.
Mostra is an international playground. Its like Olympic in films where there are scopes for not only many nations but also various yardsticks for various many avenues. The Mussolini cup for best foreign film is one such example and it had crowned many creations down the year. To name some 1934-The man of Aran by Robert J.Flaherty, 1935-Anna Karenina by Clarence Brown, 1936-Der Kaiser von Kalifornien by Luis Trenker, 1937-Un Carnet de bal by Julien Duvivier, 1938-Olympia I.Teil by Leni Riefenstahl, 1940-Der Postmeister by
Gustav Ucicky and 1941-Ohm Kruger by Hans Steinhoff. There are awards for best actors also like any other festival but in Mostra the names featured are the ones which are celebrated through ages. Names like Fredric March for Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, Wallace Berry for Viva Villa, Paul Muni for The story of Louis Pasteur, Sam Jeff, Joseph Cotten, Jean Gabin, Bourvil, Anthony franciosa, Alec Guiness, James Stewart, John Mills, Tom Courtney, Naseeruddin shah, Hugh Grant, Xia Yu, Wesley Snipes, Sean Penn and Javier Bardem are the names which mark the epitome of acting skills. Beautiful actress also mark the chart of Mostra with there names and the skills they have shown in the screen to be remembered through ages. Few to mention are Katherine Hepburn, Paula Wessely, Luise Ullrich, Anna Magnani, Eleanor Parker, Sophia Loren, Shirley Maclaine, Laura Betti, Geraldine James, Rose Byrne, Julianne Moore and Imelda Staunton.
The 2004 Mostra was the 61st and the 2005 festival off course is 62nd one. Perhaps this is much astonishment to those who think legacy cannot be carried with same standard. But for David Croff president of the Venice Biennale the aim was not only to maintain the standard but also to match and elevate the standards to the present era, and he did with much justification. The 62nd Mostra was a grand success with collaboration to the Ministry of cultural affairs, the general office of cinema and the National film achieve. The
countries participated this enjoyed the spectacular globalization of ideas and concepts. Countries like Argentina, Austria, Brasil, China, France, Germany, Hongkong, Japan, Kazakhistan, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, South Korea, Turkey and United kingdom participated and enjoyed their share of cake. 2005 Mostra declared its life time achievement awards to the great director Hayao Miyazaki and the actor Stefania Sandrelli. Hayao Miyazaki is among the greatest directors in Japanese cinema and a master of animated cinema whereas Stefania Sandrelli is an Italian actress with a strong forty five year career in Italian contemporary cinema.
The Mostra is significant in terms of film market also. The movies buyers be it international or national are invited to attend the event so that the correct target clientele can be approached in the global market. The Mostra offers market screening both for films and videos at an attractive rate as well as with the possibility of promotional facility such as booths, poster presentation or other form of publicity. Thus the event provides the logistics and a framework for promoting and selling films.
Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica is legendary in its own sense to be the most spectacular film festival of the era. No doubt that it will be one of the most acclaimed awards in the future as well. May Venice host the most amazing festival of the 7th art and continue to give the world the best of the magic of silver screen for years so that the world can relish the beauty and the talent of the films which reflect the society and is one of the most prominent ways of progression. Mostra is an international playground which is designed in such a way so that it can give proper justification to the entire global outlook without having any bias to any particular sect of the world. The effort is not to promote a particular type like European cinema or Hollywood movies but to give acclamation to the talents and art work throughout the world in film production.