From wellesnet.com, posted on 8.8: There are two companion documentaries to Orson Welles‘ The Other Side of Wind, and they’ll both be shown on 9.1 at the Venice Film Festival, a day after the endlessly-delayed-and-obstructed Welles feature has its world premiere.
The Other Side of Wind will debut at the historic Sala Grande on the Venice Lido on Friday, 8.31, at 2:15 pm. The two docs — Morgan Neville‘s They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead and Frank Marshall, Filip Jan Rymsza and Ryan Suffren‘s A Final Cut for Orson: 40 Years in the Making — will screen the next day at the Sala Giardino at 2:30 pm. The Neville doc runs 98 minutes; A Final Cut for Orson runs 38 minutes.
Netflix will begin streaming The Other Side of the Wind and They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead on 11.2. (Wellesnet.com reports that “the release dates were posted, and later removed, from the Netflix’s press website on July 25.”) Presumably the Marshall, Rymsza and Suffren doc will be viewable down the road at some venue or in some format.
I’m presuming that the 38-minute doc will sidestep a central, oft-reported fact about the struggle to assemble and release The Other Side of The Wind — the fact that Oja Kodar, Welles’ longtime partner and the film’s key rights holder, blocked progress for years, holding out for more money, demanding this and that. I recounted the situation as best I could in a 4.5.16 HE article.
According to Wellesnet’s Ray Kelly, Venice Film Festival Director Alberto Barbera “tweeted Wednesday morning that he would be revealing the 75th annual festival’s full schedule on Friday. However, the festival’s online box office jumped the gun and posted the release times and locations for the entire 11-day festival as part of a pre-sale offer.”