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 »
  

Giant Octopus To Aisle 9! BAIT Scares Up Sequel

It always feels weird including the Venice Film Festival category when I write about Australian shark-in-a-supermarket thriller Bait, but it definitely played there and went onto make $2 million in Italy alone. Indeed it's had such great international success that a sequel has been announced by... More »
  

Trailer and Poster for MEEK'S CUTOFF

Sure feels like we've been waiting quite a spell on a trailer for Wendy and Lucy director Kelly Reichardt's western Meek's Cutoff. And now we've got it with a poster to boot. Gaining festival buzz from Venice to Toronto, New... More »
  

The Most Awkward Sex Of The Year Belongs To Athina Rachel Tsangari's ATTENBERG

When it comes to very odd cult dramas revolving around uncomfortable sexual dynamics it would appear that Greece has cornered the market. Last year it was Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth turning heads on the festival circuit and now Athina Rachel Tsangari... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

COLD FISH Trailer Debut!

The cult of director Sion Sono grew exponentially with the arrival of last year's stunning four hour opus Love Exposure and it looks poised to take another big leap forward with the arrival of Cold Fish. Due to screen in... More »
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Venice 2010: Fresh Images From Julie Taymor's THE TEMPEST

Having been fortunate enough to grow up within striking distance of one of the great Shakespeare festivals in the world and to have spent my entire school career with teachers smart enough to take me there every year, I have... More »
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First Images From Tom Tykwer's THREE

Set to premiere in Venice, Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer returns with Three, a contemporary love story set in current day Berlin. Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties, live together in Berlin. Unknown to each other... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Madness, Feathers And A Little Bit Of Lesbianism. It's The Trailer For Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN.

Natalie Portman. Mila Kunis. Vincent Cassel. All three feature very large in the trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, the ballet-set thriller from the director of The Wrestler, The Fountain and Requiem For A Dream that will be opening Venice... More »
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New International Trailer For Tsui Hark's DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME

Loved what you've seen so far from Tsui Hark's Detective Dee but wish you could understand what they were saying? Well, your time is now. With the film's World Premiere coming at the Venice Film Festival a new, international trailer... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

A First Look At The Pang Brothers' CHILD'S EYE 3D

The Pang Brothers will be off to Venice soon to premiere their latest effort, the 3D entry into their Eye franchise, The Child's Eye 3D. The story doesn't really seem to matter with these any more but the basic gist... More »
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VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2010: A Second Trailer For Tsui Hark's DETECTIVE DEE

Freshly announced to have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, a second trailer has just arrived for Tsui Hark's epic mystery thriller Detective Dee. Starring Andy Lau as the titular investigator this one is epic in all senses,... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2010: Venice Announces Complete 2010 Lineup!

The Venice Film Festival has gone genre crazy. The complete 2010 festival lineup has been announced and it includes a host of familiar names, including Sion Sono's Cold Fish, Tsui Hark's Detective Dee, Andrew Lau's Legend of Chen Zhen, John... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2010: Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN to Open Venice 2010

Darren Aronofsky does a 180 degree switch in the world of physical competition.  Going from Pro Wrestling to Ballet.  And it looks like the plot of the film is going to feature intrigue over intimacy.  That photo is an unrecognizable... More »
  

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2010: Trailer for Julian Schnabel's MIRAL

I could certainly call myself an admirer of Julian Schnabel, the artist turned filmmaker has improved with each film, from Basquiat (write what you know) to Before Night Falls to the exquisite The Diving Bell and The Butterfly.   Simply... More »
  

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2010: But Will Anyone Else Get A Chance To Talk? Tarantino Names Head Of The Venice 2010 Jury.

In what strikes me as a strangely early announcement - read: they're trying not to be completely overshadowed by Cannes - the Venice Film Festival has just announced that Quentin Tarantino will head the jury for the 2010 edition of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

A Trailer For Edmund Yeo's KINGYO

Malaysian film maker Edmund Yeo has become a great favorite in these parts recently. Very active in the current Malaysian indie scene, having worked as both a producer and editor on some of the more widely traveled and acclaimed pictures... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2009: Todd's Thoughts On THE HORDE

Great concept.  Great promo materials.  But, good lord, The Horde might just be the worst film I've seen all year.  Bad writing, worse acting, a massive over-reliance on film speed up and dropped frames in the edit to make it... More »
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