Learn all about the 2009 Venice Film Festival, and about the best hotels in Venice to stay in if you want to really enjoy this year’s events.
If you’re a film fanatic, you will not want to miss the 2009 Venice Film Festival! It’s the oldest film festival in the world and is one of the most prestigious. From September2 to September 12, 2009, film buffs and international movie stars will flock to Venice’s island of Lido to see and be seen and enjoy some of the year’s most cutting edge films.
If you’re in to celebrity spotting, this is the place to be. Some of the international stars that should be in attendance include Charlize Theron, Nicholas Cage, Michael Moore and more!
This year, Ang Lee will be president of the jury. Lee is an academy award-winning Taiwanese American film director who won the 2007 Golden Lion Award from the Venice Film Festival. He’s best known for directing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hulk.
Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema (Lungomare Marconi 90
Palazzo del Cinema, Lido Venice) and PalaBiennale.
Films at the 2009 Venice Film Festival: Event Details
The opening ceremony kicks off on Wednesday, September 2 and is followed by the world premiere of Giuseppe Tornatore’s Baaria – an Italian film with a whimsical story of great loves and utopian dreams –at the Palazzo del Cinema. You can also go to the pre-opening night that takes place on September 1 in the Campo San Polo Arena with a screening of Mario Monicelli’s The Great War – the Italian classic which won the Golden Lion award in 1959.
For a full list of the events, visit the Venice Film Festival’s website.
Films that will be screened at the Venice Film Festival:
• Opening film: Baaria – Giuseppe Tornatore – Italy
• Soul Kitchen, Fatih Akin – Germany
• La Doppia Ora, Giuseppe Capotondi – Italy
• Yi ngoi (Accident), Cheang Pou-Soi – China/Hong Kong
• Persecution, Patrice Chereau – France
• Lo Spazio Bianco (White Space), Francesca Comencini – Italy
• White Material – Claire Denis – France
• Mr. Nobody, Jaco van Dormael – France
• A Single Man, Tom Ford – US
• Lourdes, Jessica Hausner – Austria
• Bad Lieutenant: Port Of New Orleans, Werner Herzog – US
• The Road, John Hillcoat – US
• Ahasin Wetei (Between Two Worlds), Vimukhti Jayasundara – Sri Lanka
• El Mosafer (The Traveller), Ahmed Maher – Eqypt
• Levanon (Lebanon), Samuel Maoz – Israel
• Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore – US
• Zanan-e-bedun-e mardan (Women Without Men), Shirin Neshat – Germany
• Il Grande Sogno (The Big Dream), Michele Placido – Italy
• 36 Vues Du Pic Saint Loup, Jacques Rivette – France
• Life During Wartime,Todd Solondz – US
• Tetsuo The Bullet Man, Shinya Tsukamoto – Japan
• Lei wangzi (Prince of Tears), Yonfan – China/Taiwan/Hong Kong
• There will be an additional “surprise film” in competition.
Out of Competition
• [Rec] 2 – Paco Plaza, Jaume Balaguero – Spain
• Chengdu, Wo Ai Ni (Chengdu, I Love You), Fruit Chan, Cui Jian – China
• The Hole, Joe Dante – US
• The Men Who Stare At Goats, Grant Heslov – US
• Ehky ya Schahrazad (Scheherazade, Tell Me A Story), Yousry Nasrallah – Egypt
• Yona Yona Penguin, Rintaro – Japan
• The Informant!, Steven Soderbergh – US
Accommodation and Hotels for the Venice Film Festival 2009:
You’ll want to feel like a star if you’re attending the Venice Film Festival, so we think a great luxury hotel is in order! Here are our favorite luxury hotels in Venice for this event!
Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin:
Romantic, intimate and luxurious, Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin is famous for its romantic atmosphere and peaceful gardens – and attracting VIPs and Stars due to its intimate and private environment.
This boutique hotel only has 95 rooms that are all tastefully furnished in a traditional Venetian style.
Rooms have great views of the lagoon, the Palladian Church of San Giorgio Maggiore or the walled gardens and vineyards at the hotel. Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin has five junior suites that overlook St. Mark’s Square.
Guests who book this great hotel through Kiwi Collection get a special rate and added value during their stay. You’ll receive a full American breakfast, an upgrade to the next room category if available and fresh fruit and flowers in your room upon your arrival!
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice
One of Venice’s newest landmarks, Hilton Molino Stucky Venice is found in the beautifully refurbished 19th century Molino Stucky building. It was formerly a flour mill and granary.
From the Hilton Molino, you’ll get gorgeous views of the Venetian canals and will really enjoy the location. Found on the island of Giudecca, the island where most locals live, you’ll see the city’s best gardens and most beautiful buildings here as well as get a real taste of the local culture.
If you have some spare moments between watching films and exploring the city, you’ll really enjoy the Campiello Lobby Lounge. It’s the perfect venue for catching up with you friends over a cappuccino or a glass of fine wine.
Guests who book their stay at Hilton Molino Stucky Venice can take advantage of our special relationship with the hotel and will receive a welcome cocktail and have the benefit of late check out.
Other Great Hotels in Venice:
Hotel Danieli: Originally a 14th century palace, The Hotel Danieli has been restored to its original glory.
San Clemente Palace Hotel and Resort: this hotel is known for its large spaces, decadent cuisine, exclusive spa and excellent shopping. Come here for an excellent all around experience in Venice.