29th Venice International Film Festival

The 29th annual Venice International Film Festival was held from 25 August to 7 September 1968.[1]

29th Venice International Film Festival
LocationVenice, Italy
AwardsGolden Lion:
Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed
Festival date25 August – 7 September 1968
Venice Film Festival chronology

The May 1968 events in France had serious repercussions on this festival. Five days before the festival was to be held, directors of the Italian filmmakers association ANAC, for both political and cultural reasons, withdrew their films from the competition. The Communist Party and the Socialist Party of Proletarian Unity were in favor of the boycott. Some directors, however, defected from this decision and Roberto Rossellini, Liliana Cavani, Bernardo Bertolucci and Nelo Risi decided to project their films. Pier Paolo Pasolini initially refused to participate at the festival, but finally his film entered in Competition.[2][3]

During the inauguration day, the police had occupied the Palazzo del Cinema del Lido. The inauguration ceremony was skipped and a decision was taken to go ahead with the festival in a self-managed way, with the director of the festival, Chiarini, as chairman. The next day the police intervened and the meetings were canceled. Finally the competition started on the evening of 27 August, while demonstrations against "the fascist and bourgeois exhibition" were taking place outside the Palazzo.[2]

Jury edit

Official Selections edit

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: Ratlos Alexander Kluge West Germany
Faces John Cassavetes United States
Mandabi Le Mandat Ousmane Sembène France, Senegal
Our Lady of the Turks Nostra Signora dei Turchi Carmelo Bene Italy
Socrates Le Socrate Robert Lapoujade France
Theorem Teorema Pier Paolo Pasolini Italy

Official Awards edit

Main Competition edit

Pasinetti Award edit

References edit

  1. ^ "The 1960s". Archived from the original on October 7, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Mostra del cinema di Venecia, anni '60". Giorgio dell'Arti (in Italian). Archived from the original on 1 April 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  3. ^ Guider, Elizabeth (September 4, 2005). "Protests at '68 Venice fest got a reality Czech". Variety. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  4. ^ "Juries for the 1960s". Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  5. ^ Gadjigo, Samba (April 11, 2007). "Ousmane Sembène: une conscience africaine : genèse d'un destin hors du commun". Homnisphères – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Hommage à Patrick G. Ilboudo". Regard. April 11, 1995 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Bory, Jean-Louis; Cluny, Claude Michel (April 11, 1972). "Dossiers du cinéma: Cinéastes". Casterman – via Google Books.

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