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Venice awards ceremony in pictures

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69TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL:  Golden Lion for Best Film to Pieta by KIM Ki-duk  69TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL:  Silver Lion for the Best Director to The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson (Philip Seymour Hoffman collects award)   69TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL:  Special Jury Prize to Paradies: Glaube by Ulrich Seidl  69TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL:  Coppa Volpi for Best Actress to Hadas Yaron  69TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL:  Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best ...

Introduction by the Director of the 69th Festival, Alberto Barbera

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“It is now established that the main function of a festival is to choose what we can and must see from among the huge blind mass of production”. Far from wishing to refute this claim, which may well be true, I feel I must add a few comments. Not marginal comments, however, if it is true that one of the reasons that led me to return to serving the Venice Film Festival, turns its gaze - in cross-eyed fashion - in a different direction. Nor am I referring to what's left of the f...

Statistics of the 69th Venice Film Festival

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New feature films in the three sections 50, all world premieres   Venezia 69: 17 (+ 1 film to be announced) Out of Competition: 15 (+ 9 documentaries, special events) Orizzonti: 18 (+ 15 short films)       Restored Films   Retrospective “80!” 10 restored feature films Retrospective “Venezia Classici” 19 restored feature films + 9 documentaries         Number of ...

Official Awards of the 69th Venice Film Festival

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                                          VENEZIA 69 WINNERS GOLDEN LION for Best Film to PIETA by Kim Ki-duk (Republic of Korea)   SILVER LION for Best Director to THE MASTER by Paul Thomas Anderson (USA) SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to Paradies: Glaube by Ulrich Seidl (Austria, Germany, France) COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor to ...

The first screening of the Venice International Film Festival took place 80 years agao

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  Eighty years ago, on the 6th of August 1932 at the Lido di Venezia, on the terrace of the Hotel Excelsior, the first international film festival in the world – conceived and organized by the Biennale di Venezia – was inaugurated. At 9:15 PM, on a screen set up outdoors for the occasion, under sporadic rain showers, it began with a showing of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde by Rouben Mamoulian. The screening was followed by a grand ball in the Excelsior ballroom. “Stemming di...

Spike Lee winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre 2012 award in Venice

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American filmmaker Spike Lee is the winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2012 award of the Venice International Film Festival   The Biennale di Venezia and Jaeger-LeCoultre announce that the great American director, screenwriter, actor and producer Spike Lee has been awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2012 award of the Venice International Film Festival, dedicated a personality who has brought great innovation to contemporary cinema.   The Direc...

Michael Mann will chair Venice's jury

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    Marina Abramovic, Laetitia Casta, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Ari Folman, Matteo Garrone, Ursula Meier, Samantha Morton, Pablo Trapero to form the Venezia 69 International Jury chaired by Michael Mann The selection has been made for the members of the International Jury for the Competition at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September 2012), with American director Michael Mann as president. The decision was made by the Boa...

TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING FILMS: MY WAY AND HIMIZU

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  OPENING FILM MY WAY In recent years, cross-border productions have been flourishing and Terracotta are thrilled to be opening the festival on Thursday 12th April 2012 with one of the most high-profile and ambitious examples to date, the Korean war epic MY WAY.   From Korean cinema's box office champion Kang Je-Kyu who also directed ‘Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War' and ‘Shiri', MY WAY tells the story of two marathon runners, one Korean and one Japanese, duri...

Tribute to Todd Solondz

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The 18th Sarajevo Film Festival (6-14 July 2012) will proudly present the Tribute to Todd Solondz. This exceptional US filmmaker will be joining us in Sarajevo to present to our viewers a selection of his impressive opus that earned him a place among the most renowned directors and writers of today. Solondz has been critically acclaimed for his examination of the "dark underbelly of middle class American suburbia", a reflection of his own background in New Jersey.  ...

The Invader at Venice, 68

At the 68th Venice Film Festival, Belgian director Nicolas Provost held his world premier for his first feature film THE INVADER (2011). Actress Stefania Rocca photo by Vanessa McMahon

Jessica Chastain at 68th Venice Film Festival

Actress Jessica Chastain (TREE OF LIFE, 2011) at 68th Venice Film Festival on red carpet at WILDE SALOME (2011) World Premier. photo by Vanessa McMahon 

The Orator at 68th Venice Film Festival

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  “O Le Tulafale” (The Orator, 2011) is the first film to come out of Samoa and was shot on Upolu in Samoa. It premiered in the 'Orizzonti' section at the 68th Venice Film Festival.   "Saili (Fiaula Sanote), an unassuming villager and taro farmer, lives happily with his beautiful wife Vaaiga and her teenage daughter Litia. Their existence, whilst happy and peaceful; is unconventional. Vaaiga has been banished from her ancestral village for many years. Saili faces ...

The Orator at 68th Venice Film Festival

Samoan director Tusi Tamasese speaks about his film THE ORATOR (2011), which screened in the Horizons category at 68th La Biennale.  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

The Orator at 68th Venice Film Festival

Samoan director Tusi Tamasese speaks about his film THE ORATOR (2011), which screened in the Horizons category at 68th La Biennale.  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

The Awards of the 68th Venice Film Festival

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VENEZIA 68  Golden Lion for Best Film  Faust by Aleksander Sokurov (Russia) Silver Lion for Best Director  Shangjun CAI for the film Ren Shan Ren Hai (People Mountain People Sea) (China - Hong Kong)   Special Jury Prize  Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese (Italy)   Coppa Volpi for Best Actor  Michael Fassbender in the film Shame by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom)   Coppa Volpi for Best Actress  Deanie Yip in the film Tao jie (A Simple Life) by Ann Hui (China - ...

The festival directors introduce the 68th Venice Film Festival's Highlights

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La Biennale President: Paolo Baratta and the festival artisitic Director Marco Muller introduce the festival's highlights. ...

The best in mountain cinema will be on show at the TrentoFilmfestival 2011

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  A RANGE OF 128 MOUNTAIN FILMS This year, the world's oldest mountain film festival features highly anticipated debuts from across Europe and Italy. Werner Herzog is involved in two films, directing "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" and writing "Happy People, a Year in the Taiga". The latter will be competing for the honours with "180° South" by director Chris Mallory and "Alpi" by photographer Armin Linke. The screening of the 128 participan...

DIFF 2010...AND THE WINNERS ARE...

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          Muhr Emirati First Prize BORED Director: Nayla Al Khaja United Arab Emirates Second Prize SABEEL Director: Khalid Al Mahmood United Arab Emirates Special Jury Prize HAMAMA Director: Nujoom Alghanem United Arab Emirates Special Mention WIND Director: Waleed Al Shehhi United Arab Emirates Muhr Arab - Feature Best Actress SIX, SEVEN, EIGH...

Sofia Coppola Wins Her Lion In Venice

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  Sofia Coppola walked away with the top prize at the Venice Film Festival this past weekend, winning the Golden Lion for her new film SOMEWHERE. The film, which inexplicably did not make the cut at the Toronto or New York film festivals (festival envy?), stars Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning in a dramatic story of a father who tries to connect with his daughter after years of neglect. The fact that the dad is also a famous actor adds spice to this satire of Hollywood's self-obession and...

Somewhere by Sofia Coppola takes Golden Lion in Venice

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The 67th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, ran 1st to 11th September 2010 at Venice Lido.5 International Juries assigned the official awards of the Festival 2010.The Venezia 67 Jury, chaired by Quentin Tarantino and comprised of Guillermo Arriaga, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Arnaud Desplechin, Danny Elfman, Luca Guadagnino, Gabriele Salvatores, having viewed all twenty-four films in competition, has decided as follows: GOLDEN LION for Best Film:SOMEWHERE by Sofi...

Italian Cinema Bridges The Atlantic

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  PASSIONE (John Turturro, Italy) As the Venice International Film Festival enters its final weekend, the annual overlap between it and the Toronto International Film Festival, which opened this past Thursday, is most keenly felt. It is no secret that the two festivals are major rivals for world premieres and the attention of the world press. Venice's appeal is well, that's it is Venice...one of the world's most glamorous destinations. Toronto, a city that put the ugh in urban, is m...

Isabella Ragonese to be the godmother of the 67th Venice Film Festival

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One of the new and surprising talents of Italian cinema, actress Isabella Ragonese, recently acclaimed in Venice for the film-revelation of Controcampo Italiano 2009 Ten Winters (Dieci Inverni) by Valerio Mieli, winner of the Nastro d’Argento 2010 for her performance in La nostra vita by Daniele Luchetti and One Life, Maybe Two (Due Vite per caso) by Alessandro Aronadio, will be the godmother for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 67th Venice International Film Festival. T...

‘Black Swan’ all set to open Venice Film Festival

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  AP Final preparations are underway on the eve of the opening of the 67th edition of the International Venice Film Festival. 'Black Swan’, a dark thriller set against the backdrop of the world of ballet, was set later Wednesday to open the Venice Film Festival, the world’s oldest cinema competition which this year marks its 67th edition. Starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel and Winona Ryder, Black Swan is one of 24 films vying for the festival’s...

Isabella Ragonese to be the godmother of the 67th Venice Film Festival

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One of the new and surprising talents of Italian cinema, actress Isabella Ragonese, recently acclaimed in Venice for the film-revelation of Controcampo Italiano 2009 Ten Winters (Dieci Inverni) by Valerio Mieli, winner of the Nastro d’Argento 2010 for her performance in La nostra vita by Daniele Luchetti and One Life, Maybe Two (Due Vite per caso) by Alessandro Aronadio, will be the godmother for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 67th Venice International Film Festival. The 67th Venice...

Venice Film Festival in 1 week!

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  Robert Rodriguez' film Machete (2010) to open at Venice Film Festival 2010   I will be at La Biennale 2010 doing Film Festival updates, market and interviews. Please stay tuned for exciting news and press at La Biennale right here!   In the meantime, check out some other interesting film industry production insight from previous interviews below!   1) Interview with Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams, The Burning Plain) in Aruba at AI...
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