Venice Film Festival


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Sept. 7, 2008

Diamonds in the rough at Venice
Venice wasn't the only film festival to have trouble scrounging up a competition-worthy lineup this year -- it was just the most prominent. And in the festival world, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Full story

Sept. 6, 2008

'Wrestler' wins Golden Lion
Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrester," which set the Venice Lido abuzz after its world premiere Friday, won the festival's top prize Saturday. Full story

Sept. 5, 2008

Near end, 'Wrestler' brings Venice to its feet
"The Wrestler" was the toast of the Venice Lido on the film festival's penultimate day, with star Mickey Rourke's interpretation of an aging wrestler struggling to come to terms with the end of his career creating a buzz absent for most of the festival. Full story

Venice digital awards honor Japanese films
Japan dominated the digital cinema competition at this year's Venice Film Festival, taking home the top two awards in the sidebar sponsored by the Bologna-based Future Film Festival. Full story

Sept. 4, 2008

'The Wrestler' in the ring at Venice Film Festival
"The Wrestler" stars Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood were on the Venice Lido on Thursday, the last group of stars to arrive at a Venice Film Festival criticized in part for its lack of star power. Full story

Sept. 3, 2008

Venice festival headed for potential Toronto overlap
The Venice Film Festival might be on a fresh collision course with rival Toronto. Venice artistic director Marco Mueller said Wednesday that next year's festival will start on Sept. 2 -- a date likely to result in a significant overlap with Toronto. Full story

'Rachel' players draw parallels to election
Jonathan Demme's family drama "Rachel Getting Married" might not seem like it has political overtones, but Demme and screenwriter Jenny Lumet see some ties to the U.S. presidential election. Full story

Sound of too many hands clapping in Venice?
Italian consumer advocacy group Codacons on Wednesday called for "more honest" applause at the Venice Film Festival. Full story

Sept. 2, 2008

'Married' aims to lift Venice's spirits
Jonathan Demme and Anne Hathaway arrived in Venice on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's premiere of "Rachel Getting Married," kicking off what many hope will be a strong finish for a festival that has been hammered by the Italian press since its opening last week. Full story

Bob Pisano takes piracy message to Venice
The model for fighting illegal file-sharing of films in Italy will likely be based on an agreement with ISPs, MPAA president Robert Pisano said Tuesday in Venice. Full story

Sept. 1, 2008

Venice fest awash with complaints
The main story at the midway point of the 65th Venice Film Festival has become the grumbling about the festival itself. Full story

Lethargy in Venice at halfway point
As the Venice Film Festival reached its halfway point, critics were, for once, unanimous: The lineup has been underwhelming. Full story

Natalie Portman's 'Eve' a crowd-pleaser
Natalie Portman's directorial debut, a 22-minute short film about a girl who finds herself intruding on her grandmother's romantic date, received an enthusiastic response on the Venice Lido Monday. Full story

Aug. 31, 2008

Minister: Italian film industry strong
Italian Minister of Culture Sandro Biondi declared the Italian cinema industry healthy Sunday, vowing the government would take a greater role in helping the sector grow. Full story.

Aug. 30, 2008

Venice Days has European accent
Venice Days, the five-year-old Venice Film Festival sidebar that focuses on up-and-coming auteurs, has a decidedly European accent this year. Full story

Aug. 28, 2008

Venice looks to future with Palazzo plans
Plans for the Venice Film Festival's new venue became a little clearer Thursday as the festival offered a sneak peek of its new Palazzo del Cinema, set to be fully operational for the event's 68th edition in 2011. Full story

Aug. 27, 2008

Clooney, Pitt bring star power to Venice
Venice regulars Brad Pitt and George Clooney helped assure the 65th annual Venice Film Festival got under way with flashbulbs popping Wednesday, taking to the red carpet soon after Russian actress Ksenia Rappoport officially opened the event to an enthusiastic and packed Sala Grande. Full story

Aug. 26, 2008

Clooney, Pitt have dual Venice roles
George Clooney and Brad Pitt will make two appearances at the Venice Film Festival this week. They were slated to appear Tuesday night at a fundraising event for their charity, Not on Our Watch. Full story

'Burn' will ignite 65th Venice Film Festival
The world premiere of the Coen brothers' latest and a tribute to one of Italy's most seminal films will highlight Day 1 at the Venice Film Festival, which opens Wednesday. Full story

Aug. 22, 2008

Natalie Portman's 'Eve' bound for Venice
Natalie Portman's directorial debut will open the Venice Film Festival's short-film sidebar, with the actress-director expected to be on hand for the event's Sept. 1 opening. Full story

'Tedium' permeates this year's Venice fest

The Venice Film Festival on Friday announced one of the two surprise films that will screen at this year's festival, revealing that the Iranian film "Tedium" will have its world premiere in the festival's Horizons sidebar. Full story

Aug. 21, 2008

Venice International Film Festival
When the 65th Venice International Film Festival kicks off Aug. 27, it will in many ways be an affirmation of Marco Mueller's success. Full story

Aug. 19, 2008

Best foot forward at Venice festival
The top talent at the Venice Film Festival had better watch where it steps this year, as a group plans to sell red carpet footprints of top stars there as a way to raise money for the restoration of St. Mark's Basilica in the city. Full story

Aug. 18, 2008

Venice festival to fete Youssef Chahine
This year's Venice Film Festival will be dedicated to Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, who died July 27 at 82. Full story

Celluloid Dreams grabs Venice titles
Celluloid Dreams has added two Venice competition titles to its slate: "Birdwatchers," from Italian helmer Marco Bechis, and Yu Lik-Wai's "Plastic City." Full story

Aug. 14, 2008

Monicelli, Venice go full 'Monti'
Mario Monicelli, the 93-year-old, Oscar-nominated director, will screen his new 22-minute documentary in an out of competition slot at this year's Venice Film Festival. Full story

Aug. 13, 2008

Ksenia Rappoport hosting Venice ceremonies
Russian actress Ksenia Rappoport will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 65th Venice Film Festival, organizers said Wednesday. Full story

July 29, 2008

Venice Film Festival unveils lineup
The latest films from Jonathan Demme, Darren Aronofsky and Kathryn Bigelow have helped the U.S. claim the most competition slots at the 65th Venice Film Festival, which boasts 19 world premieres. Full story