Rome – The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section, modeled on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled a promising lineup mixing known auteurs and potential discoveries, with 11 of 12 competition titles slated for world premieres.
New works from China’s Pengfei
; Canada’s Oscar-nominated Kim Nguyen
(“War Witch”); Thai auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang
(“Last Life in the Universe”); U.S.-based Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat
(“Women Without Men”); and Italy’s Vincenzo Marra
(“La Prima Luce
”) are among competition highlights.Pengfei
, who was in Venice Days in 2015 with his first film, “Underground Fragrance
,” is returning with followup “The Taste of Rice Flower” (pictured), a mother/daughter drama set in a village in China’s Yunnan province.
Venice Days will also play an active role in a “Focus on China” film industry forum being held during the fest this year.
Kim will world premiere “Eyes of Juliet,” a love story seen from the point of view of