66th Venice International Film Festival
Director Marco Müller
Ever since the 1960s, Pere Portabella, born in 1927, involved himself in the movements against the Franco dictatorship and in support of liberties. In 1977, he was elected senator in the first democratic elections, and took part in the drafting of the Spanish constitution (1978). Since 2001, he has chaired the Fundación Alternativas. Before working as a director, with Films 59, he produced some of the most emblematic spanish films: Los golfos (1959) by Carlos Saura, El cochecito (1960) by Marco Ferreri and Viridiana (1961) by Luis Buñuel wich provoked a scandal that obliged him to move to Italy. In 1964, he wrote the screenplay for Il momento della verità with Francesco Rosi. He began directing in1967 with No compteu amb els dits followed by his first feature-length film, Nocturno 29 (1968). Vampir-Cuadeduc (1970) is a key work in his filmography, togheter with Umbracle (1972), represents a phase of radical rupture with the production of those years and marked him as one of the most original forces in underground and avantgarde cinema of the time. After Informe General of 1976 he only returned to directing in 1989, with Pont de Varsòvia. In 2001, his films became part of the collection of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA). In 2002, he was the only Spanish artist to be invited to Documenta 11 in Kassel. His film, Die Stille vor Bach, was presented in 2007 at the 64. Venice Film Festival.
Born in 1973 in Seoul, Gina Kim graduated from the Seoul National University and then moved to the States where she attended Cal Arts. In her early films Kim studied the female identity and its problems, such as anorexia (Flying Appetite, 1998), the commercialization of the female body (OK Man, This Is Your World, 1995) and isolation (Dache-ro-wa-jineun a-chim - Morning Becomes Ecletic, 2001), and the conflictual mother-daughter relationship (Kim Gina eui bidio ilgi –Gina Kim’s Video Diary, 2002). In her works as director, she brought together the formal precepts of feminist video-art and dramatic narrative art, winning critical acclaim. Kim Gina eui bidio ilgi (2002) and especially the successive Gen jip ap (Invisibile Light, 2003) were presented at festivals throughout the world, including Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, Turin and Vancouver. Gen jip ap opened new frontiers for Korean cinema and received considerable support and encouragement from countless filmmakers who saw this “experiment” as a new direction for Korean cinema that should be helped and supported. Gina Kim’s work is uncompromising and highly personal thanks to the coherence of its language and the emotional charge that addresses the issue of individual identity. Her latest work, Doo-bun-chae sa-rang (Never Forever), produced by Lee Chang-dong and starring American actress Vera Farmiga, was presented in competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2007. Currently Gina Kim is preparing a new feature film in English, produced by Martin Scorsese.
Born in Luxembourg, she has worked as an artist and independent filmmaker in Vienna and Luxembourg, studying the relationship between cinema and the fine arts. She studied Sculpture at the Akademie der bildenden Künste and experimental film at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna. Her work crosses the borders between the various artistic disciplines and has been presented at numerous festivals, in museums, art galleries, and public spaces. She was a founding member of Amour Fou Film in Vienna and Minotaurus Film in Luxembourg, where she produced Nebel by Matthias Müller and Fast Film by Virgil Widrich. Her films have often won awards and special mentions and have been presented at international festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, London, New York and Toronto. Her first film, Der Mensch mit den modernen Nerven (1988), presented as a preview at the Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Festival and Berlin Festival, was purchased for the avant-garde collection of the Centre Pompidou. This success continued with In the Beginning Was the Eye, shown as a preview at the Cannes Director’s Fortnight in 2003 and invited to numerous other international festivals. Minck taught Art and Cinema and has been visiting professor at universities and art academies in various countries including the Bogacici University in Istanbul, and the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Munich. She participated in the 2007 Music Biennale with the music-film performance of Free Radicals.
Born in 1961, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Garin Nugroho is the most famous Indonesian director, author of a cinema in which reality and fiction meet in the recurring theme of the search for identity, exploring the social and cultural disintegration of Indonesia. In the 1990s he developed as an avant-garde author and his films participated in festivals such as Berlin, Cannes and Tokyo. He graduated in 1985 from the Film Academy in Jakarta, and he made his debut the same year with the documentary Hand Clapping which, like his next film Land of Challenges (1986), won the national Indonesian festival. In 1998 he won the Special Jury Prize at the 11th Tokyo International Film Festival and first prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Festival with Daun di atas bantal (Leaf on a Pillow, 1997). In 2000 in Locarno he won the Silver Leopard award in the video competition with Puisi tak terkuburkan (A Poet), a reflection on the mass repressions by the Indonesian government in the 1960s. His political commitment continued with Aku ingin menciummu sekali saja (Bird Man Tale, 2002), presented in Berlin and a reflection on the contraposition between local emergencies and global “icons.” In 2004 participated in the Rotterdam Festival with Rindu kami padamu (Of Love and Eggs, 2004). Nugroho received international acclaim in 2006 at the 63rd Venice Film Festival with his film-opera Opera Jawa, which was met with unanimous approval by both critics and the public. His last work, Generasi biru (The Blue Generation) was presented at Berlin this year.
Gianfranco Rosi was born in Asmara and lived in Istanbul, New York, Rome and Los Angeles. After attending university in Italy, in 1985 he moved to New York where he graduated from New York University Film School. He was the director, producer and director of photography of Boatman; shot in India, acclaimed by the international film circuit and won eleven awards. He has directed Afterwords, which premièred at the 57. Venice Film Festival. He directed several public service announcements, various industrial documentaries and four short films (Car Wash, Coney Island, Roosevelt Island, Vaudeville). He worked as director of photography and cameraman in several documentaries including the award winning Face Addict. His last film Below Sea Level, which he produced, directed and photographed, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2008, won the Orizzonti Doc Prize and the Doc/It Award 2008. The film also won the Grand Prix and Prix des Jeunes at Cinéma du Réel in 2009, best film at One World Human Right Film Fest in Prague and Best Italian Doc. 08/09 - Premio Casa Rossa at Bellaria Film Fest. He is a guest lecturer at New York University Film School, SUPSI in Switzerland and the CCC in Mexico City.