Venice International Film Festival News

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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. 1 day 18 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. 1 day 20 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... 2 days 5 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,... 2 days 5 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... 2 days 5 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.

5 weeks 2 days ago via jetli
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Inarritu’s ‘Birdman,’ starring Michael Keaton, will open Venice Film Fest

insidemovies.ew.com – Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, will open this year’s Venice Film Festival. The movie stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor 7 weeks 2 days ago via brucelee
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Hong Kong Director Ann Hui’s ‘The Golden Era’ To Close Venice Film Festival

variety.com – Prominent and prolific Hong Kong helmer Ann Hui’s “The Golden Era” has been selected as the closer at the Venice Film Festival where Hui will head the jury of the fest’s Horizons section, dedicated to innovation and originality in global filmmaking. Hui (pictured) a veteran who has directed some 30 features spanning different... 10 weeks 3 days ago via donnieyen
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Toronto: Why '12 Years a Slave' Wasn't at Venice

feedproxy.google.com – Director Steve McQueen argues the film is "an American story," but Venice chief Alberto Barbera was "disappointed not to be able to screen such a powerful film." 50 weeks 6 days ago via jackiechan
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Venice: Ti West Gets Real With 'The Sacrament'; Traditional Western May Follow

deadline.com – Director Ti West is known primarily for his work as a horror helmer, but with Venice and Toronto title The Sacrament – as well as an upcoming project – he’s taking a turn in a different direction. West’s credits include 2009’s The House Of The Devil, 2011’s The Innkeepers and a segment of 2012’s V/H/S. 51 weeks 3 days ago via theothersenhman
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