Brad Pitt & George Clooney 'Burn After Reading' Premiere + Political Pasolini Classic Restored

Brad Pitt George Clooney Frances McDormand Joel and Ethan Coen Tilda SwintonGeorge Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Joel and Ethan Coen: 'Burn After Reading' photocall at Venice Film Festival.

At the Burn After Reading premiere, which opened the 2008 edition of the Venice Film Festival on Aug. 27, the film's contingent posed for the cameras while on the Red Carpet.

In the image above are, from left to right, Ethan Coen, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Joel Coen, Tilda Swinton, and George Clooney. (Click on the photo above to enlarge it.)

'Burn After Reading'

The spy caper Burn After Reading revolves around two gym employees (Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand) who accidentally get a hold of a disc containing the memoirs of a former CIA analyst (John Malkovich). They see the disc as a money-making tool, but things inevitably get out of control.

Also in the Burn After Reading cast:

John Malkovich. Richard Jenkins. David Huddleston. Elizabeth Marvel. David Rasche. Kevin Sussman. Michael Countryman.

Burn After Reading opens in the U.S. on Sept. 12, '08.

See below a trio of images of the Burn After Reading Venice premiere and of the film itself.

George Clooney Brad Pitt together VeniceGeorge Clooney and Brad Pitt together signing autographs: 'Burn After Reading' Venice Film Festival photocall.
Burn After Reading George Clooney Frances McDormand'Burn After Reading,' with George Clooney and Frances McDormand.
Burn After Reading Brad Pitt'Burn After Reading,' with Brad Pitt.
Pa-ra-da by Marco Pontecorvo'Pa-ra-da': Venice Film Festival Horizons movie.

'Pa-ra-da' movie: Biopic about real-life street clown and Romanian migrant

Marco Pontecorvo's Pa-ra-da was screened in the Venice Film Festival's Horizons sidebar. The film tells the story of real-life street clown Miloud Oukili, who arrived in Romania in 1992 – three years after Nicolae Ceausescu's fall. Once there, he taught circus skills to a group of street children.

Pa-ra-da was written by Marco Pontecorvo and Roberto Tiraboschi. In the cast: Jalil Lespert (as Miloud), Evita Ciri, and Daniele Formica.

Marco Pontecorvo's father, Gillo Pontecorvo, won the 1966 Golden Lion for the political docudrama The Battle of Algiers, which also earned him a Best Director Academy Award nomination in early 1969.

In The Independent, Peter Popham wrote about Pa-ra-da:

“In 1966, the year he was born, Marco Pontecorvo's father Gillo won the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion with one of the greatest postwar Italian films, The Battle of Algiers. Forty-two years on, the soft-spoken cinematographer stood with a look of stunned bemusement on his face as the Venice audience gave him a standing ovation and 12 minutes of applause for his first film as director.

“He wasn't to know it when he conceived the project seven years ago, but Pa-ra-da, which opens in Italian cinemas in September, is cruelly relevant to Italy's most pressing national debate. For more than a year the country has been obsessed with what to do about the surge of impoverished immigrants from Romania.”

Below are a couple more Pa-ra-da images.

Jalil Lespert Marco Pontecorvo Romanian immigrant Pa-ra-da setMarco Pontecorvo and Jalil Lespert on the 'Pa-ra-da' set: Romanian immigrant and street clown.
Jalil Lespert Pa-ra-daJalil Lespert in 'Pa-ra-da.'

More from the Venice Film Festival: Transsexuals in Iran, Pier Paolo Pasolini classic

Via the International Herald Tribune, a brief commentary about an unusual Iranian entry – Khastegi, about the plight of transsexuals in that Muslim theocracy:

“Organizers of the Venice Film Festival waited to announce the Iranian film Khastegi, or Tedium, by first-time Iranian director Bahman Motamedian until the last minute to avoid alerting authorities to its sensitive subject: transsexuals in modern-day Iran. …

“'We know that throughout the world this problems exists,' Motamedian said. 'The idea was to raise awareness among families especially, because this is the first layer of barrier, and to help people to realize they are not alone and be able to face the problem.'”

In The Guardian, Andrew Pulver discusses Pier Paolo Pasolini's no longer compromised – and seemingly uncompromising – political classic La Rabbia:

“Film-wise, the lack of spectacular programming in this year's festival really hit home yesterday. I opted (mistakenly I now think) for the new Abbas Kiarostami over the new Takeshi Kitano. …

“Much more interesting, but equally unlikely to make it to a cinema near you any time soon (unless one of our film festivals has a brainstorm) was a reconstruction of the original version of Pier Paolo Pasolini's early '60s essay-doco La Rabbia ('The Anger'), which was severely mauled about by its producers before release. It was conceived as a political version of a 'mondo' film: Pasolini took already-existing newsreel footage, edited it together and wrote his own commentary. Fearing, some say, a right-wing backlash, producer Gastone Ferranti took a chunk out of Pasolini's film and invited a populist, conservative journalist called Giovanni Guareschi to make the counter-argument. But nothing succeeds like a legend: Guareschi's contribution is now banished, with Bertolucci drawing on Pasolini's original plan to restore the newsreel sections junked in the first place. Of course, it's all supposition; but we can safely say there's no way any major director would be willing or able to make such an unashamedly poetical, deeply analytical statement today.”


Joel and Ethan Coen, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, and George Clooney photos: Fondazione La Biennale – Foto Asac.

Images of Brad Pitt and George Clooney in Burn After Reading: Venice Film Festival.

Images of Jail Lespert and Mario Pontecorvo in Pa-ra-da: Venice Film Festival.

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