WAR, Views From Venice


MakeFilmsNotWar's war correspondents will be filing from the Venice Film Festival with video interviews with the vox populi and celebri, pics of the festival and more. Check this page periodically to hear other people's dreams of true alternatives to war, see photos and learn about upcoming actions.



Sting, UK


 

Sting makes a statement without saying a word. We appreciate Sting and others for taking the bold step of being the first to support this initiative that we hope and believe will turn into a strong campaign to unite filmmakers and film enthusiasts into a voice for change.

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Juliette Binoche, France


 

Juliette Binoche (actress: Quelques jours en septembre, Chocolat, The English Patient) speaks to us about war, reconciliation, and her personal engagement with these issues as an actress. She also expresses her solidarity with the Beirut Film Festival.

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Ethan Hawke, USA


 

Ethan Hawke (actor/director: The Hottest State, Before Sunset, Gattaca) 'wears his heart on his sleeve', literally, as an early supporter of MakeFilmsNotWar. His statement shows the beginnings of a new movement calling for an end to conflict and a step towards dialogue and reconciliation.

 

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Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico


 

Alfonso Cuarón (director: The Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y tu mamá también) says that although one film cannot change the world, it can have an influence. Filmmakers can give people hope, by giving them a glimpse of other possibilities.

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Cameron Crowe, USA

 

Cameron Crowe (director: Elizabethtown, Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, Singles, Say Anything) explains how the phrase "power to the people" can still be fresh, and describes how his favorite films make him feel.

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Chan-wook Park, South Korea


 

Park Chan-wook (director: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Old Boy (winner of 2004 Cannes Palme D'Or), JSA: Joint Security Area, 2000) is optimistic about the possibility for change. As an example, he cites South Korea's transition from dictatorship to democracy.

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Mahamet-Saleh Haroun, Chad


 

Mahamet-Saleh Haroun (director: Dry Season) comments on the cyclical nature of violence.

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James Schamus, USA


 

James Schamus (producer: Hollywoodland; Brokeback Mountain; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Sense and Sensibility) contrasts the diversity of political opinions to be found in the Israeli press with the narrower spectrum of political discourse in the United States.

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Yousry Nasrallah, Egypt


 

Yousry Nasrallah (director and writer: The Gate of the Sun, El Medina, On Boys, Girls and the Veil) laments Americans' lack of familiarity with Middle Eastern films, and suggests that if they had more exposure to the culture of the region they would be less likely to wage war there.

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Paulo Branco, Portugal/France


 

Paulo Branco (producer: Quelques jours en septembre, The Letter, The State of Things; juror: Venice International Film Festival 2006) talks about the historical ironies of war.

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Santiago Amigorena, Argentina/France


 

Santiago Amigorena (director: Quelques jours en septembre; Ni pour, ni contre) deconstructs the false dichotomy of "good guys" versus "bad guys," and speaks about the need for a more nuanced view of the world.

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Philip Gröning, Germany


 

Philip Gröning (president of the jury: Venice International Film Festival 2006), points out that the shared cultural heritage of Christians, Jews, and Muslims is much more profound than their perceived differences. He sees a role for film in helping people recognize their commonalities with others.

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Faouzi Bensaïdi, Morocco


 

Faouzi Bensaïdi (director: Mille mois, Trajets, Le Mur) believes that the world has entered into an "age of terror"--perpetrated not only by individuals and small groups, but also by entirecountries. However, it is only ever the weak who get labeled as "terrorists."

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Tariq Teguia, Algeria


 

Tariq Teguia (director: Rome Rather ThanYou, Kech' mouvement) argues that filmmakers can be militant without making films about politics. Music, lighting, daily life--all of these are always already political.

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan


 

Kiyoshi Kurosawa (director: Bug's House, Pulse, Cure) talks about his concern for global issues. He relates his hope that his films can have a positive impact on these issues, even if only a small one.

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Venice International Film Festival - Day 1



August 30, 2006 - 6:00pm EST

 

Filmmaker Iara Lee discusses the MakeFilmsNotWar initiative, to be officially launched September 4th in Venice.

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Press Conference



September 4th, 2006 - 6:00pm EST

 

George Gund (chairman: Beirut Int'l Festival and San Francisco Film Festival) explains his decision to chair this year's Beirut festival as a gesture of solidarity, and invites the international film community to attend to show their support.

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