John Woo’s ‘Manhunt’ at Venice Film Festival


Three world premieres have been added to the lineup of the 74th Venice International Film Festival to complete the program.

John Woo returns to the crime thriller genre where he started his career with his latest film, Manhunt, set to premiere in Venice in an out-of-competition slot.

In the remake of a 1976 Japanese classic, a Chinese man is framed for murder in Japan and hunted by the authorities and a group of mystery killers. Woo (A Better Tomorrow, Face/Off) is a Lido favorite and was feted at the festival in 2010 with a Golden Lion for Career Achievement.

Andrea Segre (Shun Li and the Poet, First Snowfall) will premiere, in a special screening, The Order of Things, about a young policeman tasked with controlling the flow of immigrants who travel to Libya to coordinate a tricky mission.

And the Venice Classics Documentaries sidebar is adding The Enigma of Jean Rouch in Torino, by Marco di Castri, Paolo Favaro and Daniele Pianciola. The film examines the “laboratory of ideas” behind the 1988 film Enigma.

The 74th Venice festival takes place Aug. 30-Sept. 9.



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