2009 Venice Film Festival


Venice Film Festival lineup
Official festival Web site

Film reviews:
Survival of the Dead | The Men Who Stare at Goats | Lebanon | Good Morning Aman | The Accident | Capitalism: A Love Story | South of the Border | Persecution | Prince of Tears | Great Directors | Bad Lieutenant | Life During Wartime | The Road | Metropia | Baaria

Sept. 14

Venice Fest short on local honorees
The Italian press, which before the Venice Film Festival had celebrated the high number of Italian films in the festival's official selection, has gone into a period of soul searching and finger pointing after Italian films were for the most part excluded from the festival's major prizes. Full story

Sept. 12

Israeli film 'Lebanon' wins Golden Lion
Hard-hitting Israeli war movie "Lebanon" won the Golden Lion for best picture at the Venice film festival on Saturday. Full story

Picking winners to be tough task in Venice
The Venice film festival closes on Saturday with the award of the Golden Lion for best picture, and U.S. director Todd Solondz is a favorite for his comedy "Life During Wartime" as is the harrowing war movie "Lebanon." Full story

Sept . 11

Van Warmerdam comedy wins Venice sidebar
"De laatste dagen van Emma Blank" (The Last Days of Emma Blank), an unlikely comedy about a wealthy woman who drives her servants to mutiny from Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam, won the top prize at the Venice Days sidebar, it was announced Friday. Full story

Sept. 10

Fatih Akin shifts to comedy with 'Soul Kitchen'
Prize-winning German-Turkish director Fatih Akin is turning to comedy in his latest film, "Soul Kitchen," which screened at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday. Full story

Sept. 9

George Romero's zombies trek to Venice
George Romero swears his latest zombie installment isn't a horror-filled commentary on America's military entanglements in Iraq or Afghanistan. "George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead" is more a broad, global commentary on enmity and discrimination of every kind, Romero told reporters Wednesday after screening the film at the Venice Film Festival. Full story

Sept. 8

George Clooney brings 'Goats' to Venice
George Clooney wants viewers to know one thing about his new movie, a comic tale of "psychic warfare" by the U.S. military: It's not a war movie. "The Men Who Stare at Goats," directed by Grant Heslov, was shown out of competition Tuesday at the Venice Film Festival. Full story

Sept. 7

Hugo Chavez attends Venice for Stone doc
Controversial Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez arrived on the Venice Lido Monday for the world premiere of "South of the Border," the Oliver Stone documentary that looks into Chavez's rise to power. Full story

Sept. 6

Pixar team honored at Venice Film Festival
The Venice Film Festival's red carpet was festooned with balloons Sunday to mark the lifetime achievement award for director and producer John Lasseter and his crew of Pixar directors. Full story

Romanian film rocks the boat at Venice fest
VENICE -- Politics reared its head on the Venice Lido over the weekend, when two leading political figures objected to a Romanian film screening out of competition at the Venice Film Festival and called for it to be blocked if a few key phrases are not removed. Full story

Sept. 4

Hugo Chavez might hit Venice for Stone pic
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who is the subject of Oliver Stone's next film, said he is "considering" coming to Venice for the documentary's premiere, according to Italian media. Full story

'Bad Lieutenant' and bad blood in Venice
The differences between noted film directors Werner Herzog and Abel Ferrara over a new version of "Bad Lieutenant" can be solved by a simple conversation over a bottle of whisky, Herzog said Friday at the Venice Film Festival. Full story

Sept. 3

Venice goes crazy for 'Videocracy'
The Lido was abuzz Thursday about "Videocracy," a doc that takes a critical look at Italian media tycoon-turned-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, and the powerful influence television has over Italian culture. Full story

Sept. 2

'Baaria' kicks off Venice fest
The 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival got underway Wednesday with an epic and sentimental homage to the Sicilian Oscar-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore and a gala ceremony hosted by Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta. Full story

Sept. 1

Venice Film Festival displays young talent
A year after delays in production tied to the U.S. writers strike helped produce what appears to be the Venice Film Festival's weakest lineup in years, the festival hopes to be back on track when it opens Wednesday with a star-studded lineup full of firsts. Full story

Aug. 30

Special Report: Venice Fest: The Young Lions
In a move that has generated plenty of chatter in the already-chatty Italian film world, the grand dame of film festivals is undergoing a youthful makeover. With a total of 17 first and second works in the festival's official selection -- including an unprecedented five first works and one second work in the 24-film main competition -- the lineup for the 66th edition of the storied Venice Film Festival is younger than at any time in recent memory. Full story

Venice's new screening venue embraces the future
Venice officials have been talking about the need for an alternative to the Lido's storied but crumbling Palazzo del Cinema for most of the past generation. Finally, the festival is doing something about it. Full story

Pixar nabs honorary Golden Lion
In describing why Disney chief creative officer John Lasseter and four fellow directors at Pixar are being presented with an honorary Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 66th Venice Film Festival, festival director Marco Mueller isn't shy about making an analogy to the Renaissance. Full story

Aug. 20

George Lucas to present Lasseter honor
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas will make his first trip to the Venice Film Festival this year to present the Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement to John Lasseter and the directors of Disney/Pixar. Full story

Aug. 18

Tom Ford's 'Single Man' vies for Queer Lion
"A Single Man," the directorial debut of fashion designer Tom Ford, will head a record 14 films in the third edition of the Queer Lion awards on the Venice Lido. Full story

Venice sidebar competition named after Kezich
The Venice Film Festival will name its sidebar competition for budding young film essayists in honor of Tullio Kezich, the venerable Rome-based critic who died Monday at 80. Full story

'Il Postino' star to host Venice ceremonies
Maria Grazie Cucinotta, best known as the female lead in the Oscar-winning film "Il Postino," will be the hostess of the opening and closing ceremonies at the 66th Venice Film Festival. Full story

Aug. 12

Sylvester Stallone to be honored at Venice
Sylvester Stallone will be awarded the Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the upcoming Venice Film Festival. Full story

July 30

Michael Moore pic to compete at Venice
Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" will headline a 24-film competition lineup at September's Venice Film Festival, which is heavy on first and second films from up-and-coming directors. Full story

July 29

Venice Film Festival unveils main jury
The Venice Film Festival on Wednesday announced the makeup of its main competition jury, four film directors and an actress from four different countries to the jury to be headed by two-time Golden Lion-winning director Ang Lee. Full story

July 28

Venice Days focuses on European talent
Venice Days, the Venice Film festival's well-regarded sidebar focusing on new directors, will have a European focus in its 6th edition, the first since the return of Venice Days founder Giorgio Gosetti. Full story