66th Venice International Film Festival
Director Marco Müller
Stuart Gordon, a leading light of off- Broadway theatre, is one of the most prominent figures on the international film scene of auteur and genre pictures, especially fantasy films. His career began in 1969 as artistic director of the Organic Theater based in Chicago. In 1974 he produced and directed the world premiere of Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Following this period in the theatre, Gordon dedicates himself to the small screen with Bleacher Bums, and two episodes of E.R. (1984). He founded the production company Empire Pictures in partnership with Charles Band. In 1985 he won the Jury Prize in Cannes for his first feature film, Re-Animator, that became a cult classic. In 1998 he changed genre, directing The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 1989, alongside Brian Yuzna, he wrote the screenplay for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Gordon and Dennis Paoli wrote the screenplay for Body Snatchers (1993) by Abel Ferrara. In 2001 Gordon returned to science-fiction with Dagon, and in 2003 with King of the Ants. Between 2005 and 2006 Gordon wrote two episodes of the series Masters of Horror, presented twice at the Turin Film Festival. In 2005 he took part in the Venice Film Festival with Edmond, and in 2008 he directed Eater weaving a whole new chapter in his chilling representation of city-dwelling man.
After graduating in 1979, in Film and Television from UCLA, Ricci traveled to Italy to pursue research on the history of Italian cinema for his doctorate and found work consulting and organizing film conferences, retrospectives, and festivals throughout the country. In 1988, he returned to the United States and in 2002 he was named the founding director of UCLA’s new graduate program in Moving Image Archive Studies. As Head of Research and Study at the UCLA Film and Television Archive for fifteen years, he was responsible for developing programs that widen access to the Archive’s collections and oversaw its educational publications, workshops, seminars and film retrospectives. Ricci maintains a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media and the Department of Information Studies. Ricci was a member of the Executive Board of Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film for ten years and became its Secretary General in 2001. As co-editor his publications include The Mexican Cinema Project (University of Texas Press, 1994) and Hollywood and Europe: Economics, Culture and National Identity (British Film Institute, 1998). Ricci has authored numerous digital applications that make use of archival collections including Executive Order 9066: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II (Groliers, 1999). He is the author of Cinema and Fascism: Italian Film and Society, 1922- 1943.
Sitora Alieva was born in Dushanbe, in Tajikistan. She lives and works in Moscow. She debuts in cinema as actress at the age of 7. In the following nine years played about ten roles in cinema and television films. In 1987 she graduates at the scriptwriting and film history department of the Film Institute VGIK (course of E. Surkov and L. Mamatova), afterwards, in 1987-1988 she collaborates as expert of the Culture Fund and from 1987 to 1991 as senior film-editor at the studio Tadjikfilm. From 1991 to 1993, she works as editor at the Fund for Cinema Support, besides working in several film productions. In 1994-1996 Alieva works as assistant to D. Dondurei, editor-in-chief of the journal “Film Art” and, at the same time, Film Program Coordinator of the International Film Festival Kinotavr in Sochi held by Kinotavr Company Group. In 1999-2005 she becomes Director and member of the Selection Committee of the International Film Festival Kinotavr in Sochi, the International Film Festival Liki Ljubvi, and the International Festival Detskij Kinotavrik. In 2002-2005 she held the role of Executive Director of the Otkrytyj Rossijskij Kinofestival Kinotavr, of which, since 2005 Alieva has become the Programme and Artistic Director. During last ten years she served in the jury at several film festivals (Berlinale/Kinder, Varsaw Film Festival, Kerala International Film Festival, MMKF - Moskovskij Mezhdunarodnyj Kinofestival).