If you had the chance to look at my Netflix queue, you would see that I have a lot of independent films that I hope to one day add to the growing list of films I’ve seen. There’s something about the indie genre that you just can’t get with mainstream movies. I’ve had more emotional connections to these types of films than any other genre. I love scouring the uncharted territory of a movie director I have never heard of before. There’s an unrelenting sense of hope that you are watching the early works of a soon-to-be famed director. Spielberg and Scorsese had to get their start somewhere, right?
So, naturally my love of indies has set my sights on Venice, Italy, the home of the Venice International Film Festival. The 70th festival is currently underway, having started this past Wednesday August 28th and running till Saturday September 7th. Tickets are available to the public for screenings of various films. I started watching some of the trailers today, so I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to see these movies at theaters such as the Sala Grande at the festival.
Speaking of the Sala Grande, the theater was just completely refurbished. The New York Times talks about it and shows a decent picture of the main screening area here.
The prices to attend these screenings seem reasonable too. Prices depend on the venue and the time of the screening. For a film shown at the Sala Grande, full price tickets range from 12 euros to 45 euros. My college budget would probably only allow me to see one or two films, but at least I would get to say that I had the opportunity to attend the festival.
Besides the trailer for Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock that gives me heart palpitations every time I watch it, I checked out the trailer for Palo Alto, a movie based on the short stories of the same name by actor James Franco. Emma Roberts and Franco both star in the film, and Gia Coppola makes her directorial debut. I’m hoping to watch this movie in the near future. Coppola’s grandfather and aunt are Francis Ford and Sofia after all.
Here’s a link to the trailer so you can get a basic understanding of the film.
James Franco walked the red carpet for the film yesterday looking dapper as usual. I wish I could have been one of the screaming fans that got his autograph.
There are definitely more films I want to see that are screening at the festival, such as Tracks starring Mia Wasikowska, telling the story of one woman’s trek across the Australian desert in the 1970s. Until I get the chance to watch them, I’ll just have to settle for the trailers.
I have yet to go to Italy, but I know when to plan my trip. James Franco, I’ll be waiting patiently for my autograph, so I’m counting on you to be in attendance in the coming years.