2020 sees German cinema in Venice again with a fine presence. Julia von Heinz's new feature film AND TOMORROW THE ENTIRE WORLD will be screening in the festival's Competition. A total of 8 German films and co-productions will be shown at the festival. This was announced at today's virtual press conference. The international jury headed by Cate Blanchett includes the German director Christian Petzold.
The festival landscape in 2020 has been subject to many changes due to Covid-19. The 77th Venice International Film Festival is setting an example of former continuity: the festival will be held on the Lido from 2 - 12 September as the first European 'A' festival with a physical edition. This will be implemented by adopting a hygiene concept at the traditional venues, and there will be fewer films shown than in previous years. Some components such as the Venice Virtual Reality competition will be available online.
Director Julia von Heinz (NOTHING ELSE MATTERS, HANNA'S JOURNEY) focusses her attention on the current flashpoints in our society with her new film AND TOMORROW THE ENTIRE WORLD (DE/FR, Seven Elephants, Kings & Queens Filmproduktion). Germany is struck by a violent series of racist terror attacks. 20-year-old Luisa joins a subdivision of the Antifa to oppose the uprising neo-Nazi movement. With her reckless actions she not only fights against the extreme right, but also tries to impress Alfa, an Antifa activist she fell in love with. Soon, things escalate, and Luisa and her friends are forced to take cover and hide from the police. This is the first time that Julia von Heinz has a production showing at the Venice Film Festival. Apart from directing the film, she is also one of its producers. World sales are being handled by Films Boutique.
THE NEW GOSPEL by Milo Rau (DE/CH, Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien) will have its premiere as a special event as part of the independent Giornate degli Autori sidebar. The director documents and stages a "revolt of dignity" in his latest production. Led by the political activist Yvan Sagnet, the movement fights for the rights of the refugees who came to Europe via the Mediterranean and are enslaved in the fields of southern Italy. Together, they return to the origins of the Gospel and stage it as a passion play.
The short film WHAT PROBABLY WOULD HAVE HAPPENED, IF I HADN'T STAYED AT HOME, a chamber play with five protagonists, by Willy Hans will be shown in the Orizzonti Short Films Competition.
A total of 10 German projects and co-productions are being presented in the Venice Gap-Financing Market. They include new projects from directors working in Germany such as Emily Atef (MISTER), Giulio Ricciarelli (LA GUARDIA) and Pia Marais (TRANSAMAZONIA).