Venice International Film Festival News

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Venice: Andrew Niccol’s Drone Warfare Pic ‘Good Kill’ Stirs Lido Debate

deadline.com – Andrew Niccol's Venice Competition title Good Kill has its World Premiere gala here tonight before heading to Toronto. It screened for press this morning to a mix of applause, and some boos. But reviews have thus far been generally positive for the story of an Air Force drone pilot (Ethan Hawke) who spends the day hitting targets halfway around the world from inside a metal cube on a Las Vegas air base before heading home each evening to his family. 8 weeks 4 hours ago via donnieyen
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Venice Review: Andrew Niccol’s ‘Good Kill’ Starring Ethan Hawke, January Jones And Zoe Kravitz

fb.indiewire.com – When cinema reflects on current conflicts, a certain aesthetic develops and Andrew Niccol’s drone-era drama makes a convincing case for the next phase of that evolution. Gone are the shell-shocked, grimy faced soldiers of the World Wars, or the sweating, hallucinating grunts of Vietnam or Korea, wading through swamps with their guns held over their heads. 8 weeks 11 hours ago via jetli
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Venice Review: James Franco’s ‘The Sound And The Fury’ With Tim Blake Nelson, Seth Rogen & Danny McBride

fb.indiewire.com – There is only so much matter in the universe. So at some point, simple physics dictates that James Franco must come to the end of the hitherto unending supply of goodwill that has been extended to him in recent years, unless he generates some more by making something that we can all agree is not just interesting, not just full ofpotentialor ambition to be good, but actually, genuinely good. 8 weeks 1 day ago via theothersenhman
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Venice 2014 Review: HILL OF FREEDOM Proves A Pleasant But Slight Slice From Hong Sangsoo

feedproxy.google.com – It's easy to accuse Hong Sangsoo of doing the same thing over and over again as each of his films revisit the same themes with similar characters, situations and locations. Such a reading can easily miss the point of his constant repetition, which cleverly lays bare the hypocrisy and narcissism of the characters that populate his output. 8 weeks 1 day ago via jetli
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Venice Film Review: ‘The Obscene Life’

variety.com – Based on the autobiographical novel of co-scripter Aldo Nove, Renato de Maria’s “The Obscene Life” is described as a psychedelic journey, a coming-of-age story about a seventeen-year-old poet whose parents’ deaths send him into a tailspin of drugs and depression. Uninspired visuals and one-dimensional characters render the journey tedious. 9 weeks 8 hours ago via theothersenhman
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Venice Review: Caleb Landry Jones Anchors Safdies' Must-See Junkie Drama 'Heaven Knows What'

fb.indiewire.com – Many filmmakers attempt to tell stories set in New York City that fit the setting, but sibling directors Joshua and Benny Safdie thrive on it. Their first two features, "The Pleasure of Being Robbed" and "Daddy Longlegs" — along with several notable short films — conjure a weird, off-kilter comedic sensibility from the poetic dimensions of urban grime. 9 weeks 10 hours ago via theothersenhman
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Venice: Good Films To Release ‘Short Skin’ in Italy (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com – Indie distributor good Films will handle the Italian release of “Short Skin.” Films Boutique has acquired for international sales for the feature. Lead produced by Tuscany’s La Regle du Jeu in an unusual three-way Italy-Iran-U.K. co-production, “Short Skin” is backed by the Biennale College Cinema, a joint venture of the Venice Festival and fashion house... 9 weeks 19 hours ago via jackiechan
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Venice: China Blue Boards ‘Dead & Beautiful’ (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com – Amsterdam-based lemming Film is teaming with Paris’ Les Petites Lumieres and Shanghai’s China Blue to produce “Dead & Beautiful,” an English-language China-set vampire movie from Dutch helmer-scribe David Verbeek. A title at the Venice European Gap Financing Co-Production Market, which kicked off Friday, “Dead & Beautiful” centers on a group of rich Shanghai kids who,... 9 weeks 19 hours ago via jackiechan
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Artscope Goes to ‘Court’ With Chaitanya Tamhan’s Venice Player (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com – Artscope, the art film sales label of Paris-based producer-distributor-sales agent Memento Films, has acquired sales rights to Indian writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane’s “Court” before its world preem at Venice. It’s the first acquisition by Sata Cissokho, a former exec at New York’s Zeitgeist Films, who has been tapped to head Artscope with a mandate to forge... 9 weeks 19 hours ago via jetli
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Venice First Look: New Poster And Image For Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut'

fb.indiewire.com – How much more can you take? With the theatrical version of Lars von Trier's two part epic "Nymphomaniac" already sprawling over four hours, there's still his director's cut to contend with. The first volume of his uncensored vision debuted earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival (our review), and now volume two heads to Venice and a new image and hilarious poster have arrived.

14 weeks 1 day ago via jetli
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