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GANTZ:O Trailer Arrives!

Gantz:O - the latest adaptation of Oku Hiroya's popular manga - will soon have its world premiere in Venice leading up to its JApanese theatrical release and anxious fans awaiting a taste of the upcoming feature film have just got...

Amirpour, Kim, Gibson, Chazelle, Seidl Among Highlights As Venice Announces Complete Lineup

With the sidebars having already announced their selections and the Toronto International Film Festival having rolled out their first big block of titles earlier this week the Venice International Film Festival got into the act earlier today rolling out the...

Review: THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER, Making of a Monster in Brady Corbet's Accomplished Directorial Debut

An allegorical tale set in the shadow of WWI Europe, The Childhood of a Leader is a very accomplished first feature from 27 year-old American actor Brady Corbet. Considering his face has been showing up in the films of who's...

Venice 2015 Review: A COPY OF MY MIND Sells Itself On Romance And Intrigue

Acclaimed Indonesian filmmaker Joko Anwar returns with his fifth feature, A Copy of My Mind, a tale of love, passion and how to get ahead in the back alleys of sprawling Jakarta. Made with the help of CJ Entertainment, as...

TANNA Trailer And Photos: Love Fights Tribalism On A South Pacific Island

A man and a woman from warring tribes fall in love on a small island in the South Pacific. What could possibly go wrong? According to Tanna, plenty. The film, directed by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, will make its world...

Venice 2014 Review: HILL OF FREEDOM Proves A Pleasant But Slight Slice From Hong Sangsoo

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...

Watch A Clip From Joe Dante's Rom-Zom-Com BURYING THE EX

What's this? A clip from a new Joe Dante horror comedy? Well, yes please, though it should be said that I'm somewhat of two minds on Burying The Ex. On the one hand, it's new Joe Dante and any new...

Venice 2014 Review: Mortality And Desire Mingle And Dance in REVIVRE

Returning for his 102nd feature, the indefatigable Im Kwon-taek continues his move away from period and cultural fare with the melancholic Revivre, pairing up once again with the equally venerable screen legend Ahn Sung-ki. Somberly shot and deliberately paced, Im's...

Venice 2014 Review: Kim Ki-duk Off His Game With ONE ON ONE

Enfant terrible Kim Ki-duk returns with his 20th feature One On One, opening the Venice Days sidebar this year with an uncharacteristically plot-and-character-heavy offering. With an overt social agenda and a familiar revenge narrative, the film appears to be primed...

Telluride 2014 Review: ROSEWATER, Jon Stewart's Debut Is Earnest, If Middling

It's safe to say that for the last several decades Jon Stewart has been one of the most powerful voices in comedy. Since taking over The Daily Show, his show has been the beacon for popular American political satire,...

Delectably Dark And Drily Hilarious Trailer For Roy Andersson's A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

Confession time: I have never seen a film by Roy Andersson. And clearly this needs to change because if his work is anything at all like the drily hysterical trailer for his Venice and Toronto selection A Pigeon Sat On...

Exclusive Posters For WORDS WITH GODS Tease New Work By Alex De La Iglesia, Mira Nair and More!

Here's an intriguing project: An omnibus of short films with Alex de la Iglesia, Hideo Nakata, Amos Gitai, Guillermo Arriaga, Mira Nair and others tackling the subject of faith. The film is called Words with Gods and it premieres this...

Shudder With This Exclusive Clip From Venice And Toronto Selection GOODNIGHT MOMMY (ICH SEH ICH SEH)

Do you have an issue with insects? If so it may be wise for you to steer clear of the exclusive clip we are about to share from the Ulrich Siedl produced Goodnight Mommy (Ich Seh Ich Seh). Directed by...

Venice Unveils Their 2014 Lineup

Okay, folks, it's now time to get into the ever so serious fall festival season. Toronto made their first announcements just the other day and now it is time for the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia to...

Iñárritu's BIRDMAN To Open Venice

Italy, it would appear, will be ground zero in the resurrection of Michael Keaton's career. After a long period out of the spotlight the hyper-talented Keaton has been gradually re-entering the conversation over the past few years but it is...

Watch The Trailer For Venice Special Jury Prize Winner RUIN

When the hardware was handed out at the Venice International Film Festival just the other week the jury members behind the Orizzonti Special Jury Prize, headed by Paul Schrader (writer of such films as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The...

Venice 2013 Review: UKRAINE IS NOT A BROTHEL, A Powerful Documentary That Strips Down Femen Movement

For a few years the Femen Movement in Ukraine has been trying to raise awareness for gender and feminist issues worldwide. Thanks to provocative and risky happenings, often acted out bare-breasted in public places, the press has been jumping on...

Venice 2013 Review: Tsai Ming-Liang's STRAY DOGS May Be One Of The Most Powerful Retirements In The History Of Cinema

If Stray Dogs really is the last movie of Tsai Ming-Liang, then it would be one of the harshest losses of modern cinema, but at the same time one of the most powerful retirements in the history of the...

Venice 2013 Review: THE ZERO THEOREM, A Step Back To The Future

In Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem, the old master of visual overload and absurd humor heads back to his "Brazilian" roots. He tells the story of Qohen Leth, a schizophrenic futuristic data mathematician trying to find a solution for...

Venice 2013 Dispatch: Why Aramaki's HARLOCK: SPACE PIRATE Brings CGI To The Next Level

Animation. Gotta love it! But only if done in the right way. The rest may be avoided. And please, on the question if I have been disappointed, the short answer is a simple yes and no. But if you insist,...