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69th Venice International Film Festival

Director: Alberto Barbera

29th August > 8th September 2012

Venezia 69

AT ANY PRICE - RAMIN BAHRANI
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Synopsis
Set in the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious Henry Whipple wants his rebellious son Dean to help expand his family’s farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected situation that threatens the family’s entire livelihood.
31 August 19:30 - Sala Grande 31 August 20:00 - PalaBiennale VENEZIA 69 At Any Price by Ramin Bahrani - USA, 105'
language: English - s/t Italian
Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham
 
Director’s Statement
During the six months I spent with farmers in the American Midwest, the two phrases I heard most were “Expand or Die” and “Get Big or Get Out.” These mantras fuel American and global dreams of success. Modern farmers run multi-million dollar businesses with highly advanced technology, while doubling as genetically modified seed-salesmen, who constantly check the global markets on their smartphones. The pressures are immense. I wanted to know what happens to a man when he values expansion of business over his family, his neighbor, his community and ultimately himself. Can his family stay together in the face of this intensely competitive world?

 
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