The 70th Venice Film Festival is a wrap and the award-winners have been announced. While showcasing some of the world’s top talent, the festival also serves to illustrate just how out of touch I am personally with the global cinematic world. While the overall award for Best Film (the Golden Lion) went to Gianfranco Rosi’s Sacro Gra, a couple of other notable names made the list: Tye Sheridan earned the Best Young Actor award for his work in David Gordon Green’s Joe, and Gabe Klinger’s Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater won the Best Documentary on Cinema award. Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope earned the Best Screenplay Award for Stephen Frears’ Philomena.
Hit the jump to view all the winners.
It’s that time of year again, folks. The explosion-filled summer blockbusters will soon be fading from multiplexes, and in will flow a number of smaller, more dramatic films poised to dominate the Oscar conversation as the awards machine gets up and running. Some will meet high expectations, some will be disappointing, and some will come out of nowhere to take everyone by surprise. We here at Collider ran a few awards-centric articles last fall that examined the Oscar race as it drew closer, but this year we’re happy to expand our awards coverage to a regular column titled “Oscar Beat.”
We’ll be covering anything and everything Oscar up through the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2nd, and if years past are any indication, there will be plenty to discuss. In our inaugural installment of Oscar Beat, we’ll be taking a look at the upcoming Fall Film Festival circuit, which is where the heavy hitters of awards season traditionally premiere. Hit the jump for more.
Earlier this week, the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled part of its 2013 line-up, and there were plenty of must-see movies. But the Venice Film Festival, which begins a week earlier, has countered with an equally impressive array of picture. While there’s the inevitable cross-over like Venice opener Gravity playing at TIFF along with Philomena, Under the Skin, Parkland, Joe, and many more, the Venice exclusives (at this point) make me want to book a Transatlantic ticket. The fest will play host to the world debuts of Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, Errol Morris’ Donald Rumsfeld documentary The Known Unknown, Steven Knight’s Locke (starring Tom Hardy and shot in one take), and more. Also set for the festival is Hayao Miyazaki’s new movie, The Wind Rises as well as Lee Sang-Il’s Japanese remake of Unforgiven. Last year, most of the movies in Venice eventually ended up in TIFF’s line-up, and since I’ll be going to the latter, I hope most of these movies find their way to Toronto this September.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.
A few new posters have landed online. Briefly:
- The Wolverine – A Japanese poster that makes us wonder once again why a guy with knives in his hands would need a sword. The film stars Hugh Jackman and open in 3D on July 26th.
- Runner Runner – Three character posters with gambling-related taglines for the thriller starring Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, and Ben Affleck. The film opens September 27th.
- Frozen – A French teaser poster that’s much better than the U.S. version, which is basically just a title treatment. The film opens in 3D on November 27th, and features the voices of Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, and Idina Menzel.
- The 70th Annual Venice Film Festival – A neat poster that celebrates the work of Theo Angelopoulos and Federico Fellini. The film festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
The Venice Film Festival is set to open this year with Alfonso Cuaron’s highly-anticipated new film, Gravity. The sci-fi picture centers on a medical engineer (Sandra Bullock) who is stranded alone in space with a veteran astronaut (George Clooney) following a catastrophic event aboard their spacecraft. It will be the first 3D picture to ever kick off the Venice Film Festival, and definitely a big change of pace from last year’s Venice opener, Mira Nair’s independent political thriller, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Getting Gravity as the opener is a very encouraging sign for Cuaron’s movie since Warner Bros. could run the picture through the festival circuit up to its opening on October 4th in order to be a major player during awards season. Cuaron is no stranger to Venice and his previous films Y Tu Mama Tambien and Children of Men both won awards when they played at the festival.
Personally, I’m hoping for a North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, but we’ll have to see how far the studio is willing to take the picture. It’s worth noting that a majority of last year’s Venice features made the jump to TIFF Hit the jump for the press release.
I have mixed feelings about the fall festival season. On the one hand, I love going to the Toronto International Film Festival (very well-run and great venues), and getting a jump on the awards season movies because a fair share of them are going to be damn good. On the other hand, there’s less room for the joyful discovery I’ll find at Sundance, SXSW, and Fantastic Fest. Nevertheless, studios like to begin their awards season maneuvering in the fall, and that usually starts at the Venice Film Festival, and then those films then move on to Telluride and TIFF. Variety has begun their predictions for what they believe will debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Among the predictions are Alfonso Cuaron‘s sci-fi drama Gravity, Paul Greengrass‘ Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, and Steve McQueen‘s star-studded Twelve Years a Slave. The only confirmed title thus far is Paul Schrader‘s The Canyons, which isn’t particularly noteworthy since it will debut on VOD in the U.S. weeks before.
Hit the jump for more films that might show up at Venice this year. The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.
For a moment, it looked like Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master was gearing up for a premiere at Fantastic Fest (which runs from September 20 – 27th), but then we learned that The Weinstein Company had bumped up the movie’s release date from October 19th to September 14th. However, the movie may still run some of the festival circuit.
Deadline reports the film, which is reportedly influenced by the story of L. Ron Hubbard‘s creation of Scientology, will play in competition at the Venice Film Festival. The movie will get a “prime Saturday slot”, so look for reviews on the flick to start coming out on September 1st (Venice runs from August 29 – September 8th). The movie will likely bypass the Telluride Film Festival (August 31 – September 3rd), but Deadline says there is a “real possibility” of the movie showing up at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 6 – 16th), which would be awesome since I’ll be there. Deadline also reports the movie is opening on September 21st, and I’m not sure if that’s a new release date or an error on Deadline’s part. If you haven’t seen the awesome trailer for The Master, hit the jump. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Amy Adams.
The line-up for the 2012 Venice Film Festival has been announced and it’s a surprisingly lean year. Usually, there’s a lot of overlap between the Toronto International Film Festival and Venice, but the only major crossovers are Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder, Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep, Ramin Bahrani‘s At Any Price, Mira Nair‘s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Ariel Vromen‘s The Iceman. Venice does have a few standout exclusives this year, most notably Brian De Palma‘s new film, Passion, starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace. Other notable exclusives include Abdallah Omeish‘s Witness: Libya (executive produced by Michael Mann) and Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2012 Venice Film Festival runs August 29 – September 8th.
Earlier this week, we reported on the major films debuting at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The line-up includes The Ides of March (opening night film), Contagion, Carnage, A Dangerous Method, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and plenty of other great stuff. Now the full line-up has been released and while the previously unannounced films are foreign flicks you’ve probably never heard of (plus the first film Al Pacino has directed in over a decade, Wilde Salome), Venice is a great opportunity for those movies to get on everyone’s radar (provided they aren’t overshadowed by the star-studded flicks). Also, the festival will close out with Wilt Stillman’s new movie, Damsels in Distress.
Hit the jump to check out the full line-up. The 2011 Venice Film Festival runs from August 31st through September 10th.
The Ides of March tops my list of most anticipated awards contenders. If it weren’t opening earlier than most of the other films on the list (October 7), I might be planning a trip to Italy right now instead of passing along this information: Deadline reports The Ides of March will open the 2011 Venice Film Festival on August 31. George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood star in The Ides of March. Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck) adapted the script from the Beau Willimon play Farragut North, about “a young press secretary who falls prey to dirty backroom politics as he works to get his candidate elected in a tight race.”
The political drama is in good company next to previously announced festival selections Carnage and A Dangerous Method. Darren Aronofsky will head the jury at this year’s fest. Going to go poke around Travelocity now, just to see if a Venice vacation is anywhere near my price range. [Update: No. No it is not.]
The Cannes Film Festival is only halfway finished but we’re already looking ahead to another major European film fest: Venice. Early selections have been announced for the 68th Venice Film Festival and there are already some fantastic additions. Roman Polanski’s Carnage and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method will both be making their world premieres at the festival along with Steve McQueen’s Shame, Todd Solondz’ Dark Horse, Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam documentary PJ20, and more. Variety also reports that films submitted but not yet approved for the festival include Madonna’s W.E., Walter Salles’ On the Road, and Luc Besson’s The Lady. Then there’s the film that are being tipped to premiere at Venice: Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, Steven Sodebergh’s Contagion and Haywire, and a toss-up between Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
So if you’re already seething with jealousy that you’re not attending Cannes this year, hold on to that jealousy because it looks like you’re going to need it when Venice rolls around. The 68th Venice Film Festival runs from August 31st to September 10th.
After Quentin Tarantino last year, the Venice Mostra has chosen another hip American director to preside over its jury. Darren Aronofsky, who is a frequent visitor of the Italian festival, will have the honor of awarding the Golden Lion.
According to the Mostra artistic director, Marco Muller, Aronofsky is “a key figure in contemporary cinema whose work constantly engages the evolution and mutations of the many languages of art” and the “leader of a new generation” of filmmakers, while the prestigious French magazine Cahiers du Cinema calls him the “leader of the new generation.” Hit the jump for more Venetian details.
The 2010 Venice International Film Festival Jury, led by Quentin Tarantino, has awarded the top prize to Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere. The film centers around a movie star (Stephen Dorff) who is thrown for a loop when his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) re-enters his life. Coppola is just the fourth American in sixty-seven years to take home the Golden Lion, following John Cassavettes (Gloria), Robert Altman (Shortcuts), and Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler).
Other big winners at the fest include Essential Killing, which netted the Special Jury Prize and Best Actor for Vincent Gallo, plus Mila Kunis, deemed the Best Young Actor or Actress for her work in Black Swan. Hit the jump for the full list.
Since the trailer debuted online, there have been high expectations regarding Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. The film just debuted at the Venice Film Festival last night and has gotten some overwhelmingly positive reviews. To give you a sense of what the critics have been saying here’s an excerpt from a review from Variety’s Peter DeBurge:
“A wicked, sexy and ultimately devastating study of a young dancer’s all-consuming ambition, “Black Swan” serves as a fascinating complement to Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler,” trading the grungy world of a broken-down fighter for the more upscale but no less brutal sphere of professional ballet”
For the most part the other reviews are pretty glowing as well. Aronofsky’s films have never been short of praise. From The Wrestler to Requiem for a Dream, he’s been making interesting films long enough to gain respect in Hollywood. For more exerts from the films early reviews, hit the jump.
Along with the list of films playing in-competition, the Venice Film Festival has announced which films are playing out-of-competition this year. The movies include Ben Affleck’s The Town, Casey Affleck’s Joaquin Phoenix documentary I’m Still Here, Martin Scorsese’s Elia Kazan documentary A Letter to Elia, John Turturro’s Passione, Julie Taymor’s The Tempest as the closing night film, and Robert Rodriguez’ Machete as the opening night film. It’s an eclectic bunch of flicks and they’re just a small sampling of the movies playing out-of-competition. Hit the jump to check out the full list.
The 67th Venice Film Festival will run from September 1 – 11th.