Alex de la Iglesia’s docudrama “Messi” to close Venice Days

The Spanish filmmaker's hybrid doc feature about Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi (pictured) will close the 11th annual Venice Days, which parallels the Venice Film Festival in Italy.
July 22, 2014

Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia’s docudrama Messi (pictured) will close this year’s Venice Days.

The 14-film program is an independently run section that parallels the Venice Film Festival and is modeled after the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Messi, which is screening out of competition, is a hybrid doc feature that mixes reconstructions, archival footage and interviews to recount the life of Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi, who recently won the FIFA World Cup’s Golden Ball award for best player of the tournament.

The screenplay for the film was written by former Argentinian footballer Argentina Jorge Valdano, who is also the film’s narrator.

Other doc projects screening at Venice Days are Rä di Martino’s The Show Mas Go On, a tribute to the once-glamorous Roman department store MAS; and 9×10 Novanta, a series of nine doc shorts created by Italian directors from The Istituto Luce’s archives to celebrate the organization’s 90th anniversary.

Both will screen as part of Venice Days’ special events program.

The 11th annual Venice Days takes place from August 27 to September 6. Check out the full line-up here. The Venice Film Festival will announce this year’s line-up on Thursday (July 24).

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