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Indonesia massacre, impact of sanctions in Iran infuse Venice film offerings

Published on Aug 29, 2014 12:21 AM
Adi Rukun poses with US director Joshua Oppenheimer during the photocall of the movie The Look Of Silence presented at the 71st Venice Film Festival on August 28, 2014 at Venice Lido. The movie is Oppenheimer's second documentary based on death squads that roamed Indonesia in the wake of a failed communist-led coup attempt and killed as many as a million people. When asked why members of the production crew were listed as "anonymous" in the credits, he said they would be at risk if their identities were revealed. -- PHOTO: AFP 

VENICE (REUTERS) - Films about a 1960s massacre in Indonesia and the harsh conditions in Iran under present-day international sanctions and how they affect ordinary people struck sombre notes at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday.

A French caper based on a fictionalised version of a true story about the theft of Charlie Chaplin's coffin shortly after his death in 1977 was shown as one of 20 films in contention for the festival's top prize, to be awarded next week, and provided a macabre, touching and often humorous counterpoint.

Eugene Chaplin, Chaplin's son, said at a news conference he had been sceptical about cooperating on director Xavier Beauvois's La Rancon De La Gloire (The Price Of Glory) because "I didn't see what could be funny about stealing a coffin".

But, after seeing Beauvois' films, "I thought, 'Why not?'"

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