Friday August 31, the film from China “Tai Chi O” premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. The film is directed by Stephen Fung and stars Peter Stormare, Qi Shu and Daniel Wu. “Tai Chi O” is being featured in the “out of competition” category.
In “Tai Chi O,” Yang travels to Chen Village to learn a powerful form of Tai Chi. Though villagers are forbidden from teaching outsiders, Yang becomes their best hope for survival when a man arrives with a plan to build a railroad through the village.
There are 18 films competing for the Golden Lion trophy including four films from the U.S. including:
- “Spring Breakers,” directed by Harmony Korine and stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens
- “To The Wonder,” directed by Terence Malick and stars Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz and Javier Bardem
- “At Any Price,” directed by Ramin Bahrani and stars Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens and Heather Graham
- “The Master,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.
Six other U.S. films will be featured at the festival in the “out of competition” category. Including:
- “Enzo Avitabile Music Life,” a documentary directed by Jonathan Demme
- “Bad 25,” a documentary about Michael Jackson, directed by Spike Lee
- “The Company You Keep,” directed by Robert Redford and stars Redford with Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Richard Jenkins, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci and Nick Nolte
- “Disconnect,” directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and stars Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Bateman and Paula Patton
- “The Iceman,” directed by Ariel Vromen and stars Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta and James Franco
- “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” directed by Mira Nair and stars Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland and Liev Schreiber
The festival runs for 11 days from August 29 through September 8.
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones & no texting, please don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work on SilentHollywood.com