Festivals: Venice

Venice 2023 Review: FOREVER-FOREVER, Post-Soviet Young and Restless

Anna Buryachkova's feature debut offers a female-centric lens on post-communist adolescence in Eastern Europe.

Venice 2023 Review: MALQUERIDAS Exposes Motherhood Incarcerated

Director Tana Gilbert juxtaposes personal moments against the stark reality of prison life in her feature-length debut, shot clandestinely in a prison.

Venice 2023 Review: FOR NIGHT WILL COME, Gen Z Response to TWILIGHT

Élodie Bouchez and Mathias Legout Hammond star in the latest film by French director Céline Rouzet, a vampiric coming-of-age drama set against the backdrop of a seemingly peaceful French suburb.

Venice 2023 Review: VIVANTS (ON THE PULSE), Nostalgic Behind-the-Scenes Newsroom Drama

Director Alix Delaporte peeks behind the curtains of a bustling Parisian newsroom in a film memoir serving as an homage for the trade.

Friday One Sheet: POOR THINGS

Welcome to the wonderful world of Vasilis Marmatakis, the Greek graphic designer and illustrator behind one of my favourite posters of the past decade, an earlier Yorgos Lanthimos film, The Killing of A Sacred Deer, with its immense verticality, and...

INFESTED: Shudder Acquires French Horror Thriller Ahead of Venice Bow

Kaleb, who's about to turn 30 and has never been lonelier. He's fighting with his sister over a matter of inheritance and has cut ties with his best friend. Passionate about exotic animals, he comes home one day with a venomous spider and accidentally let it slip away.

Venice 2022 Review: SKIN DEEP, A Melancholic Exploration of Gender Identity

Director Alex Schaad's feature-length debut uses the subtle sci-fi concept of body-swapping to explore gender identity and body dysmorphia.

Venice 2022 Review: WORLD WAR III, Slapstick Iranian Thriller Unveils Trickling Terror

Directed by Houman Seyyedi, the wartime adventure is Iran's submission for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.

Venice 2022 Review: BLANQUITA, Immersive, Agile Thriller

Fernando Guzzoni directed the searing drama.

Friday One Sheet: L'IMMENSITA

A quick one this week from Venice, where at the big film festivals, the Movie Star is alive and well. This festival teaser for Emanuele Crialese's period set love story L'immensità, offers the visage of Penelope Cruz either deep in...

Exclusive: Altered Innocence Acquires Venice Title THE HOLE IN THE FENCE

Our friends at Altered Innocence have let us know that they have acquired the U.S. rights for Joaquín del Paso's thriller, The Hole in the Fence (El hoyo en la cerca).    The film promises to carry a Lord of...

Venice 2021 Review: REFLECTION, Resonant, Formalist Look at Russo-Ukrainian War

Akin to the works of Swedish master Roy Andersson, sans humor, combined with the gravitas and emotional punch of Andrey Zvyagintsev, the film is sort of a companion piece to 'Atlantis,' featuring truly impactful and impressive filmmaking.

Trailer for Pablo Larraín's SPENCER

After the stylish and well-received Jackie, Chilean wunderkind director Pablo Larraín tackles the tone and character of another iconic political and deified figure, Princess Diana, in a "what might have happened during those few fateful days" in 1997. Casting a...

Friday One Sheet: I PREDATORI

I am not so mature as to pass by an opportunity to feature a poster where a beautiful woman offers a pair of 'one finger salutes' to the viewer. If there was a movie poster about how everyone (and especially...

Venice 2020 Review: Silly Off-Kilter Comedy YELLOW CAT Harbors Bleaker Socio-Existential Observations Underneath

Adilkhan Yerzhanov's latest absurdist tragicomedy lands as close as possible to Terrence Malick's 'Badlands' as reimagined by Roy Andersson.

Venice 2020 Review: GENUS PAN, Shakespearean Tragedy on a Darwinian Stage

Filipino auteur Lav Diaz netted the Best Director award at the 2020 Venice Film Festival for his latest oeuvre.

Venice 2020 Review: Enigmatic CARELESS CRIME Pushes Boundaries of Form and Structure

Iranian director Shahram Mokri, known for his single-shot films and his decided penchant for time-loops, achieves formalistic excellence in his latest effort.

Venice 2020 Review: THE BEST IS YET TO COME Hopes for a Better World in Uplifting Newsroom Drama

Jing Wang´s feature debut is a love letter to journalism and its potency to change million of lives for better.

Venice 2020 Review: APPLES, Greek Weird Wave, With a Spin

Aris Servetalis, Sofia Georgovassili, and Anna Kalaitzidou star. Directed by Christos Nikou, the film is a full-blooded, absurdist deadpan parable, cut from the finest Greek New Wave cloth.

We Are One Film Festival: Tribeca And YouTube to Launch Free Virtual Film Festival For Charity

Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube have announced a virtual film festival called We Are One: A Global Film Festival which will run at the end of May and into the first week of June.    Over the run of We Are...