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... More »

Venice 2013 Review: RIGOR MORTIS Pays Eerie Homage To Hong Kong Vampires

Hong Kong popstar-turned-actor Juno Mak continues to defy expectations with his directorial debut, a sombre and eerie eulogy to the hopping vampires of the 1980s that trades the sub-genre's signature laughs for world-weary melancholy from a fine cast of screen... More »
By James Marsh   

Venice 2013 Review: MOEBIUS Is Insane and Brilliant

Kim Ki-duk has shocked many a festival/arthouse audience over the years, ever since he used fishhooks to terrible effect in The Isle (2000). Watching his films can be an uncomfortable experience and while he has perhaps gone overboard in the... More »
By Pierce Conran   

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..... More »

Watch A Trio Of Clips From HARLOCK: SPACE PIRATE 3D

It was just a couple days ago that Twitch was proud to present an exclusive clip from Aramaki Shinji's Venice selected animated feature Harlock: Space Pirate 3D - also known as Space Pirate Captain Harlock - and now that initial... More »
By Todd Brown   

Venice 2013: Miyazaki Hayao Officially To Retire!

Studio Ghibli president Hoshino Koji just officially announced the retirement of master animation director Miyazaki Hayao, whose latest feature Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) is screening in competition at the Lido. The announcement was made today at the Venice Film... More »

Venice 2013: Watch An Exclusive Clip From HARLOCK: SPACE PIRATE 3D

Appleseed director Arakamki Shinji debuts his adaptation of classic manga and anime series Space Pirate Captain Harlock - now dubbed Harlock: Space Pirate 3D for the English speaking world - on Tuesday as part of the Venice Film Festival and... More »
By Todd Brown   

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... More »

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.... More »

Watch A Second Teaser For Kim Ki-duk's Controversial MOEBIUS

Kim Ki-duk's latest has been stirring up controversy for weeks now and with Moebius soon to unspool in both Venice and Toronto it won't take long before we know what all the fuss has been about. And, heck, if you... More »
By Todd Brown   

Drafthouse Films Nabs North American Rights For Sono Sion's WHY DON'T YOU GO PLAY IN HELL?

With only a couple weeks to go before Sono Sion's latest film Why Don't You Go Play In Hell? starts to bow at international festivals around the world, including here in Toronto during the Midnight Madness program at TIFF, Drafthouse... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Watch Sion Sono's WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL For Free!

You want an example of how things have changed int he world of international film festivals? The festival world is now embracing digital technology as never before, with the Venice Film Festival this year embarking on a bold new venture... More »
By Todd Brown   

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... More »
By Todd Brown   

A Trio Of Images From Ti West's THE SACRAMENT

The director of House Of The Devil and The Innkeepers, Ti West's latest will soon take a bow at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals and a trio of images from the film have arrived online.The latest film from... More »
By Todd Brown   

Venice 2013: Full Lineup Includes Sono Sion & Miyazaki Hayao

The Venice Film Festival's complete lineup is here! Competing for the Leone D'Oro are such veteran auteurs like American documentarian Errol Morris (The Unknown Known), ex Monty Python-er Terry Gilliam (The Zero Theorum), Japanese sensei Miyazaki Hayao (The Wind Rises)... More »

Venice 2013: Hopping Vampires, Bruce LaBruce, And Daniel Radcliffe Will Premiere In Venice Sidebar

The Giornate degli Autori, Venice Film Festival sidebar section, modeled on the prestigious Director's Fortnight of Cannes and promoted by the associations of Italian film directors and authors (Anac and 100autori), has revealed its 2013 programme. Among the selected titles, we... More »

70 International Directors Invited to Celebrate 70 Years of the Venice Film Festival with Future Reloaded Project

In celebration of the 70th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 - September 7, 2013) the Biennale di Venezia has created the special project, Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded.70 movie directors from all over the world have been invited to... More »

Cuaron's GRAVITY To Open Venice

Alfonso Cuaron's long awaited scifi picture Gravity has been selected as the opening night film at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. The 3D effort stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts spun out into deep space following an accident... More »
By Todd Brown   

Paul Schrader Joins The Venice Film Festival

American auteur Paul Schrader will be back at the Venice Film Festival (28 August - September 7) as Head of Jury of the sidebar section Orizzonti. The movie brat guru, director of critical hits such as American Gigolo and loyal... More »

Kim Ki-Duk's MOEBIUS Reportedly First Film Selected For Venice Competition

After announcing Bernardo Bertolucci as the Jury President of the 2013 Venice Film Festival (28 August - September 7), we finally have the first title competing for the prestigious Golden Lion. Though there has not yet been an official announcement,... More »
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