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Venice 2016 Review: THE NET Is a Simple Catch from Kim Ki-duk

Complex issues get a facile treatment in The Net, the latest work from Korean provocateur Kim Ki-duk. More coherent than his last two outings but a far cry from his best work, Kim's film comes off as little more than...

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...

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...

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...

Euro Beat: French Zombies Will Attack The States, Funding Woes for Joachim Trier, And More!

We've got a slew of news in today's Euro Beat, including French zombies, Venice awards, Spanish Oscar hopefuls, disheartening Joachim Trier news and some scandalous tidbits about the upcoming erotic coming of age drama Blue is the Warmest Color. Plus,...

Venice 2013 Dispatch, Last Day: Jun Kunimura Rocks The UNFORGIVEN Japanese Remake

Bookmakers are saying that Tsai Ming-liang's Stray Dogs is now the frontrunner to win the Golden Lion choosen by the international jury headed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Second on the classification is Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, while the third position goes...

Venice 2013 Dispatch, Last Days: Saying Goodbye To Tsai Ming-liang

The 70th Venice film festival will be over in 48 hours. With almost all of the competition films having screened, we still have no idea who could actually bring the awards home. On the contrary of the past editions, this...

Venice 2013 Dispatch, Lost The Count Of Days: A Sliced Penis Is Not So Funny

We've lost track of our days here at the Venice Film Festival. Time is so strict that it makes it impossible to talk about every single film and vision going on the big screen. The main competition remains maybe the...

Venice 2013 Dispatch, Day Four: Everybody Wants To Be (Or Do) Xavier Dolan. And Let's Piss Off Miyazaki Fans

Welcome back to the Venice Film Festival. We're exactly at half fest, and maybe, just maybe, some potential winners are starting to emerge from the main competition.....

Venice 2013 Dispatch, Day Two And Three: How To Die Of Boring Films Only To Be Saved By Stephen Frears And Emma Dante

The most important news of the day is that Apichatpong Weerasethakul has changed his name to "Joe". It's not a reference to the new David Gordon Green film, and it might even be old news, but just call the dude...

Venice 2013 Dispatch: DAY 1 - Sono Sion Is The God Of Cinema, And Alfonso Cuarón Is A Virtuoso Masturbator

Here's our first dispatch from the 70th Venice Film Festival and it's already a delirium of images and evocations....

Fresh Stills From Juno Mak's RIGOR MORTIS

What strange things hath Juno Mak wrought with his directorial debut Rigor Mortis? Audiences will find out in a couple months when the film premiere's but for a taste of what's to coming in this dark update of the Chinese...