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Venice 2021

Kino Lorber Takes Nadine Labaki Starrer ‘Costa Brava, Lebanon’ for North America (Exclusive)

Kino Lorber has picked up North American rights to Costa Brava, Lebanon, a darkly comic tale set against the current political and environmental crises in Lebanon. Mounia Akl’s directorial debut, which premiered in Venice’s Orizzonti Extra sidebar last year, stars actress/director Nadine Labaki (Capernaum) and Saleh Bakri (The Band’s Visit). Kino Lorber is planning a […]

Music Box Films Takes U.S. Rights to ‘Lost Illusions’

Music Box Films has picked up U.S. rights to Lost Illusions (Illusions Perdues), Xavier Giannoli’s adaptation of the classic Honoré de Balzac comedic novel starring Summer of ’85 actor Benjamin Voisin. Cécile de France (The French Dispatch), Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother), Vincent Lacoste (Sorry Angel) and Gérard Depardieu co-star. Lost Illusions premiered in […]

IFC, FilmNation Take Venice Winner, French Abortion Drama ‘Happening’

IFC Films and FilmNation have jointly acquired U.S. rights to Happening, the French abortion drama also known as L’événement from Audrey Diwan, which won the Golden Lion for best film at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The period drama, set in France in the 1960s, when abortion was still illegal in the country, has been […]

‘You Resemble Me’ (‘Tu Me Ressembles’): Film Review | Venice 2021

Dina Amer’s directorial debut revolves around a fragile young Muslim woman in search of purpose.

‘The Catholic School’ (‘La Scuola Cattolica’): Film Review | Venice 2021

In Stefano Mordini’s film, based on Edoardo Albinati’s fact-based novel of the same name, a group of young, privileged men commit a disturbing crime.

‘7 Prisoners’ (‘7 Prisioneiros’): Film Review | Venice 2021

Alexandre Moratto’s sophomore feature follows a group of young men caught in the dangerous world of human trafficking.

‘Captain Volkonogov Escaped’: Film Review | Venice 2021

Russian co-directors Natasha Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov ('Intimate Parts') explore the spiritual journey of a secret policeman, played by Yuriy Borisov, who breaks ranks in Soviet-era Leningrad.

‘True Things’: Film Review | Venice 2021

In Harry Wootliff’s second feature, Ruth Wilson plays a woman subsumed by love and struggling to find herself.

French Abortion Drama ‘Happening’ Wins Top Prize at Venice Film Festival

In a move that could be seen as a strong message for women’s rights, and for the right of female filmmakers to be celebrated, the 2021 Venice Film Festival gave its top honor, the Golden Lion for best film, to Audrey Diwan’s French abortion drama Happening. “I feel heard tonight!” a near-ecstatic Diwan said as […]

‘Freaks Out’: Film Review | Venice 2021

Four circus performers try to escape Nazi-occupied Rome in this fantasy historical drama by Gabriele Mainetti.

‘On the Job: The Missing 8’: Film Review | Venice 2021

Philippine director Erik Matti's sprawling crime thriller details the political and journalistic fallout from an assassination gone awry.

‘The Accusation’ (‘Les Choses humaines’): Film Review | Venice 2021

French writer-director Yvan Attal’s drama centers on a controversial rape case and the families whose lives are torn apart by the trial.