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Video Interview with Pascal Diot, head of Venice Production Bridge

Filmfestivals.com partner of Venice Production Bridge sat down with the Pascal Diot who shared with our audience a few practical facts and figures on the Market which he has created 6 years ago. ...

Polanski's Problem "J'Accuse" in Review

By Alex Deleon What -- Me worry? Roman Polanski's latest film, "J'Accuse, (An Officer and a Spy)"  is the work of a master filmmaker at the top of his game at age 85.   The film was unveiled at Venice 2019 and should easily have walked off with the Golden Lion top film prize except for some hostile behind the scenes political shuffling relating to a minor incident of sexual dalliance in the director's life back in 1977 -- forty two years ago! The s...

Venice Reviews, JOKER ~ Not a joke, but a compelling serious film

  Joaquin Phoenix inhabits the skin of The Joker By Alex Deleon The movie JOKER, which had its world premierę at Venice 2019 and won the Golden Lion best film award on the Lido, has been mistakenly termed a "comic book film".   True it is in a sense a spinoff from the comic book based Batman film series, however, this is a serious non-comic book psychological study of how a would be stand-up comedian  with a pathological laughing syndrome goes wrong and becomes a ps...

Kino TV interview and reportage introducing Nesta Morgan the venetian legend of the festival

Nesta Morgan sketcher artist is a filmfestivals.com contributor, sketching r.elentlessly the festival scene in Cannes, Venice and many more industry events. Photographers take picture critics, produce reviews, she sketches, with talent Herewith some of her sketches from Venezia 76 The Joker La Llorana The Laundromat J accuse / An Officer and A Spy  Transcript from russian INTERVIEW with Nesta Since you are here about art it's time to introduce...

Double Takes at TIFF in Canada Venice Premieres heading for Toronto

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By Alex Deleon   While Toronto prides itself on being the most important film festival in North America it might not rank so high in importance without the crop of films cloned from Venice across the seas. No less than sixteen of 21 world premieres unspooled at Venice will have their second unveiling in Toronto which runs from September 5-15 right on the heels of the Italian Mostra Cinematografica which closed on the 7th of September. The Venice films that will have North American premi...

The Burnt Orange Heresy, closing film at Venice

Claes Bang and Elizabeth Debicki have strong chemistry in TBOH which will turn to poison when the picture spins out of control   By Alex Deleon TBOH is an Art heist thriller Directed by Italian Giuseppe Capotondi, based on a 1971 neo-noir novel by American writer Charles Willeford (died 1988) starring Danish actor Claes Bang and Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, and featuring British Rock legend Mick Jagger (76) plus Canadian veteran character actor Donald Sutherland...

76th Venice International Film Festival VENEZIA 76 Awards

OFFICIAL AWARDS - 76th Venice International Film Festival VENEZIA 76   The Venezia 76 Jury, chaired by Lucrecia Martel, and comprised of Stacy Martin, Mary Harron, Piers Handling, Rodrigo Prieto, Shinya Tsukamoto, Paolo Virzì, having viewed all 21 films in competition, has decided as follows:   GOLDEN LION for Best Film to: JOKER by Todd Phillips (USA)   SILVER LION - GRAND JURY PRIZE to: J’ACCUSE by Roman Polanski (France, Italy) &...

Visit to “Lazzaretto” Island (where the VR section is located)

Venice 76. Views by Stella Selvatico for filmfestivals.com Articles by Anna Reeves Venice Film Festival Venice Virtual Reality - An Overview by Anna Reeves   Venice VR Section - Third Year  - Running August 28th - September 3rd It is only the third edition of the Venice VR section and yet already it is establishing itself as unmissable. What makes the selection so world class is that is all about great storytelling and not simply displaying the latest ...

The protest on the red carpet

The protest against the cruise ship ???? in Venice is on the red carpet. Many police agents ready to clear the tapis rouge.   Venice 76. Views by Stella Selvatico for filmfestivals.com   ...

Venice Awards 2019 A Few Surprising Twists and Turns By Alex Deleon

By Alex Deleon Italian actress Alessandra Mastronardi was easy on the eyes as the mistress of ceremonies at the final awards evening   Well, to make a long story short Joaquin Phoenix in an egregious jury misjudgement did not get best actor for his astounding performance in JOKER directed by Todd Phillips.   However,  the film itself was awarded the Best film Golden Lion top festival prize.  Again a misjudgement because while Joker was overall a very strong film it simpl...

Venice Rainy Impressions by Alex Deleon

In the warm weather many young people camped out under umbrellas in from of the central Red carpet wall.  Priceless festival accommodations.. After a full week of sunshine on the last day the Rains Came... Johnny Depp, a hard nosed officer in a desert fort in The Barbarians The latest from Columbian director Ciro Guerra Mick Jagger, ageless Rolling  Stone (age 76) lends his instantly recognizable features to "The Burnt Orange Heresy" which will be...

La Llorona is The Weeping Woman: Sketched in Venice by Nesta

La Llorona is The Weeping Woman. Three words from the director Jayro Bustamante portray events in this film which is evocatively performed and delivers a narrative drama of Genocide, Communist and homophobic events. In Latin American folklore, La Llorona is one of the most famous oral legends. The lore states a woman was abandoned by her husband and was left alone to raise her two sons, whom she instead drowned in a river out of grief and anger. Sketch by Nesta Morgan ...

Venice 76. Views by Stella Selvatico

Red Carpet on a rainy ☔️ and windy ???? day   Microphone to Bonifacio Angius, the director of Destiny (a short film about faith, religion and superstition). Letizia Battaglia, the extraordinary photographer and star of “La mafia non è più quella di una volta”.   The poster of “The Laundromat” Palazzo del Casinò on a hot sunny day Exhibition “300 Giant Polaroid” at Hotel Des Bains  Li...

Venice Exhibition “300 Giant Polaroid” at Hotel Des Bains Lido

Hotel Des Bains (where Luchino Visconti shot “La morte a Venezia”) Photos by Stella Selvatico ...

Venice 76. Views by Alex Deleon

  Glamorous Chinese superstar Gong Li arrives on Red Carpet for opening of her new film "Saturday Fiction" (Lan Xin De Ju Yuan) accompanied by her latest French Husband, musician Jean-Michel Jarre. (former husband of Charlotte Rampling)... After a full week of sunshine on the last day the Rains Came... Johnny Depp, a hard nosed officer in a desert fort in The Barbarians The latest from Columbian director Ciro Guerra Mick Jagger, ageless Rolling &...

VIDEO 76. Mostra del Cinema - The Laundromat press conference

Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Steven Soderbergh have arrived in Venice for the world-premiere promotion of “The Laundromat” (a Netflix film) at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a Panama City law firm and its vested interest in helping the world’s wealthiest citizens...

Facts and Figures from the 4th Venice Production Bridge

The 4th Venice Production Bridge - the Festival film market’s evolution into a specialized meeting point for completing projects - was held from August 29 to September 3, 2019 as part of the 76th Venice International Film Festival. The fourth #VeniceProductionBridge ended yesterday. +8,92% accreditations, +46,26% #BookAdaptationRightsMarket meetings. Check out all the numbers Here are the figures of the 2019 VENICE PRODUCTION BRIDGE: INDUSTRY DELEGATES a...

VIDEO 76. Mostra del Cinema - Julie Andrews award ceremony

"It's such a pleasure to receive this award from the first film festival in the world. I consider myself so blessed for having spent most of my life acting. Thanks to the public that support cinema and its magic."   “#MaryPoppins was an innovative movie. Even now, when you watch it, you cannot see a single trick. It was and still is amazing.” @JulieAndrews Photos Mostra The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 76t...

Venice offered Scorsese's New York New York Restored in all it's Vainglorious Vanity

Alex Deleon, filmfestivals.com   An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a rocky romance as their careers begin a long, hard up-hill climb.   One of the highlights of the festival week for me was the fully restored 155 minute version of Martin Scorcese's 1977 box office flop New York, New York.  Oddly enough I thought I had seen it before but realized that I hadn't as it unfolded in full vanity before my eyes at the Giardino theate...

Venice VR Review - "Bonfire" by Eric Darnell and "Passenger" Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine

Passenger - Photo Courtesy of Film Camp Aliens of a feather by Anna Reeves Two virtual realty experiences that are particularly well realised at Venice this year are "Bonfire" by Eric Darnell at Baobab Studios in the States and "Passenger" by Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine from Australia. They are polar opposites in that one utilises high-end animation with powerful A.I. and the other feels handmade from fingers and glue, yet both leave you with an overriding sense of&...

SIGNIS jury at the 76th Venice International Film Festival

The members of the 2019 SIGNIS jury are Jumpei Matsumoto (Japan), Christoph Strack (Germany), Nancy Usselmann (USA), Massimo Giraldi (Italy) and Sergio Perugini (Italy). Jumpei Matsumoto (Japan) Jumpei Matsumoto, born in 1984 in Nagasaki, graduated at Tokyo University department of architecture, and the Institute of Yoshimoto comedian school. In 2012, He directed the film Mada Ningen. His first commercial film Embers was released in 2014 in Japan and in 2015 in Taiwan. The fil...

Best bets at the Halfway Mark in Venice 76.

      Alex Deleon for Filmfestivals.com With six days down and another five to go most of the big guns have already been fired and many top contenders for Venice lion awards are have been spoken for. This is not however the kind of festival where odds on favorites will necessarily come in first as Venice juries are notorious for rewarding dark horses and unknowns out of the Blue on the day of judgement.  That being said here are a few of my personal favorites bas...

Strong Venice buzz for SEBERG and Kristen Stewart, and nice reviews

SEBERG by Benedict Andrews Out of Competition - Venice With Kristen Stewart, Jack O’Connell, Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, Zazie Beetz, Yvan Attal, Vince Vaughn, Stephen Root, Colm Meaney SCREEN “'Seberg' is a success. 'Seberg' is a combination of radical politics, inter-racial sex and Hollywood tragedy during a deeply troubled time in the United States which has strong parallels to today.” VARIETY “Kristen Stewart delivers a su...

"Netflix: the momentous mistake of the Venice Film Festival " AFCAE takes it side

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We are publishing the following statement fueling the controversy about NETFLIX films' selections in large festivals (without theatrical release)  It came to us from CICAE, AFCAE, art house cinema organizations which see festivals as platform to theatrical film distribution. Many festival might object strongly to that statement.   "For its 76th edition, Alberto Barbera, artistic director of the Venice Film Festival, has selected two films, produced and distributed by Netfli...

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