Wednesday, November 13, 2019

SOUTH KOREAN FILM PIETA WINS AT VENICE

September 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The South Korean drama Pieta has won the Golden Lion Award, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. But for director Kim Ki-duk, it was a bittersweet victory. The festival was abuzz over reports that the jury had awarded the prize to Kim’s film by default — only because it could not give it […]

RUSSIAN DIRECTOR WINS TOP PRIZE AT VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

September 12, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Russian director Alexsander Sokurov’s Faust, described by one critic as “a high-art dark comedy” but by Sokurov himself as “too serious,” took the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion award for best film, while the best actor award went to Michael Fassbender for his performance in Steve McQueen’s NC-17-rated Shame and the best actress award went […]

SOFIA COPPOLA’S SOMEWHERE WINS TOP PRIZE AT VENICE FILM FEST

September 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Somewhere, Sofia Coppola’s take on Hollywood celebrity, won the top Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival today (Saturday). The film stars Stephen Dorff as a Hollywood star, whose aimless, dissolute life is lifted when his 12-year-old daughter, played by Elle Fanning, comes to visit. The film received decidedly mixed reviews after its screening […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: BLACK SWAN

September 2, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Several critics have given Darren Aranofsky’s Black Swan the same sort of ecstatic praise that they bestowed on his The Wrestler two years ago. The film opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday (to a standing ovation), where The Wrestler won the coveted Golden Lion award when it premiered there in 2008. “Every film festival […]

IRANIAN FILMMAKER BARRED FROM LEAVING COUNTRY

September 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who was jailed for “anti-regime” activities prior to this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where he was to have served as one of the jurors, has been forbidden to leave Iran to attend the Venice Film Festival. His absence was conspicuous as his film The Accordion, opened the short film section on […]

TIDE OF AMERICAN FILMS TO HIT VENICE

July 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

American films dominated the list of 22 selected to compete for the Golden Lion award at this year’s Venice Film Festival, which takes place Sept. 1-11. Festival organizers said that a 23rd “surprise” competitor will be announced after the festival is well underway, on September 6. They gave no hint as to the nature of […]