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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...

Venice 2019 VR Dispatch: COSMOS WITHIN US Is Perhaps The Biennale's Brightest Star

The Venice Biennale's VR Island continues to be one of the festival's most exciting, ambitious and promising projects, even if its commitment to this fledgling form of cinema is by far one of its newest. In fact, if last year's...

SANCTORUM Trailer: There is Seismic Beauty in Joshua Gil's Venice Entry

Variety debuted the trailer for Mexican filmmaker Joshua Gil’s Sanctorum ahead of its World Premiere at the close of Venice International Film Critics’ Week. All we can say is, 'Golly, this is something to behold'. Prepare yourselves for something rather...

Venice 2019 Review: THE KING Lets Slip The Horrors Of War

Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson star in the historical drama, directed by David Michod.

Venice 2019 Review: MARRIAGE STORY Tells The Light And Dark Sides Of Divorce

Director Noah Baumbach has had a hand in some truly wonderful movies in his time, whether it be the likes of Wes Anderson's beautifully playful The Fantastic Mr Fox or the black-and-white game-changer Frances Ha, which he and Greta Gerwig...

Venice 2019: PSYCHOSIA Exclusive Trailer Premiere, Danish Female-Driven Gothic Noir

The film called "extremely erotic psychothriller" will premiere at Venice´s sidebar Critics´ Week.

THE PAINTED BIRD Trailer: Controversial, Atrocities-Ridden Holocaust Novel Adaptation Heads to Venice

An adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski's controversial novel is set for Venice and Toronto.

Venice 2018 Review: Alfonso Cuarón's ROMA

In one of the scenes with narration of Y tu mamá también, where the voice of Daniel Giménez Cacho gave a greater context to the actions of the protagonists and occasionally also of the social and political environment around them,...

Friday One Sheet: SUSPIRIA And Watercolour Nightmares

Our poster column is more or less on hold while the Toronto International Film Festival takes over the city for the next ten days, but I wanted to quickly highlight Tony Stella's watercolour terror of a poster for the remake...

Venice 2018 Review: THE NIGHTINGALE Sings Out In Dark Rage

With her sophomore effort, filmmaker Jennifer Kent has tapped into something much, much darker.

Venice 2018 Review: ISIS, TOMORROW: THE LOST SOULS OF MOSUL, a Haunting New Angle

Playing out of competition at the 75th Venice Biennale, Fancesca Mannocchi and Alessio Romenzi's ISIS, Tomorrow: The Lost Souls of Mosul definitely stands out as a documentary that is boldly flying the flag for a major social crisis taking place...

SHADOW: Well GO USA Acquires Yimou Zhang's New Martial Arts Epic

Just ahead of its world premiere in Venice and North American premiere here in Toronto it really should surprise no one that premiere Asian film distributor Well GO USA have already nabbed the North America, UK, and Australia/New Zealand rights...

Venice 2018 VR Dispatch: Infectiously Good Stuff From The Island of VR

For the last few years, the Venice Biennale has dramatically stepped up its support for virtual and augmented reality content. Now, we find ourselves at point where the festival is dedicating a whole custom space on Lazaretto Vecchio to championing...

Venice 2018 Review: SUSPIRIA, A Totally New WTF Experience

It's honestly difficult to know where to start with Luca Guadagnino's adaptation of Dario Argento's deeply loved and cherished Suspiria. It's a film that understandably seems particularly sacred to the Italian critics here at the 75th Venice Biennale, and Guadagnino's...