ⓘ 29th Venice International Film Festival


ⓘ 29th Venice International Film Festival

The 29th annual Venice International Film Festival was held from 25 August to 7 September 1968. The May 1968 events in France had serious repercussions on this festival. Five days before the festival was to be held, directors of the Italian filmmakers association ANAC, for both political and cultural reasons, withdrew their films from the competition. The Communist Party and the Socialist Party of Proletarian Unity were in favor of the boycott. Some directors, however, defected from this decision and Roberto Rossellini, Liliana Cavani, Bernardo Bertolucci and Nelo Risi decided to project their films. Pier Paolo Pasolini initially refused to participate at the festival, but finally his film entered in Competition.

During the inauguration day, the police had occupied the Palazzo del Cinema del Lido. The inauguration ceremony was skipped and a decision was taken to go ahead with the festival in a self-managed way, with the director of the festival, Chiarini, as chairman. The next day the police intervened and the meetings were canceled. Finally the competition started on the evening of 27 August, while demonstrations against "the fascist and bourgeois exhibition" were taking place outside the Palazzo.


1. Jury

  • Guido Piovene Italy head of jury
  • Vicente Antonio Pineda Spain
  • Akira Iwasaki Japan
  • Istvan Nemeskurty Hungary
  • Roger Manvell UK
  • Jacques Doniol-Valcroze France
  • Edgar Reitz West Germany

2. Awards

  • Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed Alexander Kluge
  • Golden Lion
  • Le Socrate Robert Lapoujade
  • Special Jury Prize
  • Our Lady of the Turks Carmelo Bene
  • Best Actress - Laura Betti - Teorema
  • Honorable Mention - Kierion Dimos Theos
  • Best Actor - John Marley - Faces
  • Volpi Cup
  • Pasinetti Award
  • Best Film - Faces John Cassavetes