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Venice 2022

‘Casa Susanna’ Review: A Deeply Affecting Exploration of a Secret Chapter in LGBTQ History

Sébastien Lifshitz’s documentary, which premiered in Venice and takes its North American bow at TIFF, looks at a midcentury New York oasis for cross-dressing men and trans women.

Critics’ Picks: Cate Blanchett, Steven Spielberg Films Among the 15 Best of the Fall Festivals

Career highs from Blanchett and Colin Farrell, new docs by Laura Poitras and Werner Herzog, and Spielberg's moving cine-memoir are among THR critics’ 15 favorites from Venice, Telluride and Toronto.

‘Nuclear’ Review: Oliver Stone’s Lazy Case for Nuclear Power

Premiering at the Venice Film Festival, Stone's new documentary makes the case for nuclear power as a wrongfully maligned solution to our climate change crisis.

‘The Listener’ Review: Tessa Thompson Anchors Steve Buscemi’s Sparse Study of a Crisis Hotline

Rebecca Hall and Margaret Cho voice some of the troubled souls who call in to speak to a helpline worker in this film premiering in Venice.

Oliver Stone on New Documentary ‘Nuclear’ and Why the U.S. Needs to Work With Russia to Solve the Climate Crisis

In the film business, as in politics, timing is everything. And the timing of Nuclear, Oliver Stone’s new documentary, could hardly be worse. The doc, which premiered out of competition at the Venice Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 9 and is being sold worldwide by the Gersh Agency, is a plea for world powers to […]

Sackler Documentary ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ Wins Venice 2022 Golden Lion for Best Film

Laura Poitras’ documentary All the Beauty and the Bloodshed has won the 2022 Golden Lion for best film at the 79th Venice International Film Festival. The documentary follows the life of artist Nan Goldin and her campaign against the Sackler family, the pharmaceutical dynasty that was greatly responsible for the opioid epidemic. Poitras, an Oscar-winner […]

‘Chiara’ Review: Modern Spin on a Medieval Saint Is More Intriguing Than Involving

The Venice competition entry is a portrait of Clare of Assisi, complete with musical numbers, and stars Margherita Mazzucco, of ‘My Brilliant Friend.’

‘Our Ties’ Review: Roschdy Zem Directs a French Family Saga That’s Carried by Its Charismatic Lead

In Zem's first ever bow in Venice's main competition, Sami Bouajila ('A Son') stars as a 50-something man overcoming physical and mental trauma with the help of his family.

‘Beyond the Wall’ Review: A Powerful, Twisty Drama About Iranian State Repression

Vahid Jalilvand's film revolving around a suicidal blind man and a runaway mother is one of two Iranian works in Venice competition, alongside Jafar Panahi's 'No Bears.'

‘No Bears’ Review: Jafar Panahi’s Bold Meditation on the Personal and Political Freedoms of the Artist

Iranian former Golden Lion winner Jafar Panahi, imprisoned and subject to a filmmaking ban in his country, returns to Venice with 'No Bears,' his fifth and perhaps most chilling clandestine production.

Venice: ‘Dirty Difficult Dangerous’ Wins Europa Cinema Labels Award

Dirty Difficult Dangerous from French-Lebanese director Wissam Charaf has won the 2022 Europa Cinemas Label award for best European film screening at this year’s Venice Days, a sidebar of the 79th Venice International Film Festival. The feature is a love story set in Beirut between two migrants: Mehdia, an Ethiopian migrant domestic worker, and Ahmed, a […]

‘Bonnie’ Review: Portrait of Casting Director Bonnie Timmermann Only Skims the Surface

Premiering in Venice, Simon Wallon's documentary pays tribute to the casting legend who discovered Sean Penn, Brian Cox and many others.