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The 63rd Venice International Film Festival, held in Venicemarker, Italymarker, was opened on August 30, 2006 with Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia and was closed September 9, 2006. Host of the event was Italian actress Isabella Ferrari.During the festival, retrospectives were held on the one hundredth anniversary of the births of three major Italian directors: Roberto Rossellini, Mario Soldati and Luchino Visconti. The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to American director David Lynch. All the films running the contest were shown for the first time as world premiere in the festival history since the Second World War.


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international juries of the 63rd Venice International Film Festival were composed as follows:

Official section jury

"Orizzonti" section jury

  • Philip Gröning (director and screenwriter, Germanymarker) - President
  • Carlo Carlei (director, Italymarker)
  • Giuseppe Genna (writer, Italymarker)
  • Keiko Kusakabe (producer and distributor, Japanmarker)
  • Yousri Nasrallah (director, Egyptmarker)

"Premio Venezia Opera Prima Luigi De Laurentiis" section jury

"Corto Cortissimo" section jury

  • Teboho Mahlatsi (director and producer, South Africa) - President
  • Francesca Calvelli (editor, Italymarker)
  • Aleksey Fedortchenko (director, Russiamarker)

Main sections

Nominated films are in alphabetical order by the name of the director.

In competition

International competition of full-length films in 35mm and digital format running for Golden Lion for best picture.

Out of competition

Shown below are new works by authors who were honored in past festivals, as well as movies shown in the midnight time band.

Midnight out of competition

Special events


New trends of cinema with full-length films in 35mm and digital format, and documentary-movies.

Special events

Corto Cortissimo

International competition of 35mm short films, in world premiere, not exceeding 30 minutes in length.
  • Levelekmarker by Ferenc Cakò (Hungarymarker
  • Comment on freine dans une descente? by Alix Delaporte (Francemarker)
  • The Making of Parts by Daniel Elliott (UKmarker)
  • Detektive by Andreas Goldstein (Germanymarker)
  • Treinta Años by Nicolás Lasnibat (Francemarker, Chilemarker)
  • Um Ano Mais Longo by Marco Martins (Portugalmarker)
  • Mum by Mads Matthiesen (Denmarkmarker)
  • "Faça sua Escolha" by Paula Miranda (Brazilmarker)
  • Pharmakon by Ioakim Mylonas (Cyprusmarker)
  • Rien ne va plus by Katja Pratschke and Gusztáv Hàmos (Germanymarker)
  • Trillizas Propaganda by Fernando Salem (Argentinamarker)
  • Simanei Derech by Shimon Shai (Israelmarker)
  • Fib 1477 by Lorenzo Sportiello (Italymarker)
  • What Does Your Daddy Do? by Martin Stitt (UKmarker)
  • Eva reste au placard les nuits de pleine lune by Alex Stockman (Belgiummarker)
  • In the Eye Abides the Hear by Mary Sweeney (USAmarker)
  • Adults only by Joon Han Yeo (Malaysiamarker)

Out of competition

Retrospective and restoration

Italian film's secret story

Special monographic sessions dedicated to the secret story of Italian film from 1937 to 1979. This is the third part of the retrospective of Italian Film, initiated at the 61st annual Mostra internazionale d'arte cinematografica di Venezia.

Anniversary of Rossellini, Soldati and Visconti
  • Quartieri alti di Mario Soldati (1942) - Restored Version by Cineteca Nazionale
  • Ossessione di Luchino Visconti (1943) - Restored Version by Cineteca Nazionale, Ripley's Film, in collaboration with SKY Italia
  • Roma, città aperta by Roberto Rossellini (1945) - Restored version by Cineteca Nazionale, in collaboration with the Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali del Comune di Romamarker and with the technical support of Cinecittà Digital
  • Fuga in Francia by Mario Soldati (1948) - Restored version byCineteca Nazionale
  • Anna Magnani, episode from Siamo donne, by Luchino Visconti (1953) - Restored version by Cineteca Nazionale and Ripley's Film
  • Ingrid Bergman, episode from Siamo donne, by Roberto Rossellini (1953) - Rstored version by Cineteca Nazionale and Ripley's Film
  • Il generale della Rovere by Roberto Rossellini (1959) – Digital restoration by Cineteca Nazionale, Gruppo Editoriale Minerva – Raro Video, in collaboraztion with the Museo nazionale del Cinema by Torinomarker, Archivio Storico della Biennale di Venezia and LVR

The secret story of Italian cinema

The secret story of Russian cinema

Special monografic section on the Secret story of Russian cinema from 1934 to 1974.Besides the original title, there is a translation in Italian and the year in brackets:

  • Garmon' (La fisarmonica, 1934) by Igor Savchenko and Evgenij Sneider
  • Vesiolye rebiata (La combriccola allegra, 1934) by Grigorij Aleksandrov
  • Cirk (Il circo, 1936) by Grigorij Aleksandrov
  • Bogataja nevesta (La fidanzata ricca, 1938) by Ivan Pyr'ev
  • Volga-Volga (Volga-Volga, 1938) by Grigorij Aleksandrov
  • Traktoristy (Trattoristy, 1939) by Ivan Pyr'ev
  • Muzykal'naja istoria (Una storia musicale, 1940) by Aleksandr Ivanovskij and Gerbert Rappaport
  • Svetlyj put' (La via luminosa, 1940) by Grigorij Aleksandrov
  • Svinarka i pastukh (La guardiana dei porci e il pastore, 1941) by Ivan Pyr'ev
  • V shest' chasov vechera posle vojny (Alle sei di sera dopo la guerra, 1944) by Ivan Pyr'ev
  • Vesna (La primavera, 1947) by Grigorij Aleksandrov
  • Kubanskie kazaki (I cosacchi di Kuban', 1950) by Ivan Pyr'ev
  • Scedroe leto (Un’estate generosa, 1950) by Boris Barnet
  • Karnaval'naja noc' (La notte di carnevale, 1956) by El'dar Rjazanov
  • Nas milyj doktor (Il nostro caro dottore, 1956) by Shaken Ajmanov
  • Cheriomushki (Rione Cheriomushki, 1963) by Gerbert Rappaport
  • Sparite utopajuscego (Salvate chi annega, 1969) by Pavel Arsenov
  • Romans o vlyoblionnykh (La romanza degli innamorati, 1974) by Andrei Konchalovskij

Joaquim Pedro de Andrade

This is a special section dedicated to the Brazilian movie-maker, Joaquim Pedro de Andrade, one of the fathers of new cinema and a famous renewal of Brazilian cinema. His daughter, Alice de Andrade, also a producer, restored the fourteen works that constitute all of her father's filmography.


  • O Mestre de Apipucos (1959) - documentary
  • O Poeta do Castelo (1959) - documentary
  • Couro de Gato (1960)
  • Cinéma Nôvo (Short)|Cinéma Nôvo (1967) - documentary
  • Brasilia, Contradições de Uma Cidade Nova (1967) - documentary
  • Linguagem da Persuasão (1970) - documentary
  • Vereda Tropical (1977)
  • O Aleijadinho (1978) - documentary

International Critics Week

Author's days


These movies were given the following recognitions:

Horizons - 'Premio orrizonti'

Venetian prize for the first work "Luigi De Laurentiis"

  • Leone del futuro (Lion of the future) - Venetian prize for the first work "Luigi De Laurentiis": Khadak by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth

Short films: Corto cortissimo prize

  • Special Mention: Adults Only by Yeo Joon Han
  • UIP prize for the best European short: The Making of Parts by Daniel Elliott
  • Lion for the best short: Comment on freine dans une descente? by Alix Delaporte

The numbers and the nations of the 63rd Show

  • Number of countries with a film in one of the official sections: 31
  • Countries making their first appearance at the film festival Chadmarker, Cyprusmarker and Indonesiamarker
  • Number of films displayed: 2,589, including 1,429 full-length feature films
  • Number of full-length feature film officially presented: 62
    • During the contest: 21
    • Out of the contest: 9 + 7 midnights + 1 special event
    • Venice Horizons: 19 + 5 special events

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