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With the exception of Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation and Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, the nineteen other films in Venice Film Festival’s contention for the Golden Lion won’t be mentioned during awards season, but who cares when you have the likes of Aleksander Sokurov, Luca Guadagnino and Marco Bellocchio in the line-up. Not unlike previous years, the 2015 edition has a good numbers of films from Italy and the U.S., with several France co-productions littered throughout and the addition of fresh faces with first time works from composer Piero Messina and artist/musician Laurie Anderson.
While non comp offerings in the shape of Scott Cooper’s Black Mass and Thomas McCarthy’s Spotlight are sure to receive a fair amount of trade news attention it’s the docus that are especially rich this year: Frederick Wiseman is joined by Sergei Loznitsa makes back to »
- Eric Lavallee
Writer-director Sue Brooks' Looking for Grace will be the first film by a female Australian director to screen in competition at the Venice Film Festival since Clara Law's The Goddess Of 1967 in 2000.
Australia will have an unprecedented profile at the festival with Michael Rowe.s Early Winter and Simon Stone.s The Daughter selected for the Venice Days sidebar and Bentley Dean and Martin Butler.s Tanna screening in Venice Critics. Week.
This is the first time Australian films will be represented in all three Venice categories. That adds to the prestige of The Daughter having its North American premiere in the Special Presentations section of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, where Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker will have its world premiere in the Gala Presentations section.
- Don Groves
On the heels of yesterday's Toronto Film Festival announcement, this morning we get the lineup for the 2015 Venice Film Festival and, as always, there's a little crossover with some films set to premiere on the Lido ahead of their Toronto (and/or Telluride premieres). Some of the titles not screening at Toronto (at least not yet) that will premiere at Venice include Baltasar Kormakur's Everest, which is serving as the opening night film, Drake Doremus' Equals starring Kristen Stewart, A Bigger Splash from Luca Guadagnino, Go With Me directed by Daniel Alfredson, Dito Montiel's Man Down, Amy Berg's Janis as well as a new, 16-minute short film from Martin Scorsese titled The Audition and a Brian De Palma documentary directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. There's also buzz building for The Childhood of a Leader directed by Brady Corbet and starring Robert Pattinson and Berenice Bejo. »
- Brad Brevet
Read More: Johnny Depp Heading to Venice Film Festival for 'Black Mass' World Premiere With yesterday's unveiling of the Toronto International Film Festival's first piece of its slate -- including the festival's Galas and Special Presentations, along with its pick for Opening Night -- fall festival season is off with a bang. Not to be outdone, the Venice Film Festival has revealed its full slate for the September festival, and although there are some Tiff repeats here (including Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl," Atom Egoyan's "Remember," Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation" and Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's "Anomalisa"), many of those films will actually world premiere at Vff. The slate also includes some fresh festival faces, including Drake Doremus' sci-fi feature "Equals," Martin Scorsese's new short "The Audition" and Brady Corbet's directorial debut, "The Childhood of a Leader." The documentary. »
- Kate Erbland
The Venice Film Festival has become one of the longest-running events on the festival circuit, its veteran status giving it a level of prestige that has only been heightened by the films that have screened at the event. Having first started in 1932, a number of movies that have gone on to be classics have won prizes at the festival, including Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Satyajit Ray’s Aparajito, and Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad. Interest in the festival’s lineup announcement has thus grown over the years, with many film fans curious to see what the organisers select to play at the event, due to its stature. The full lineup for the 2015 incarnation of the festival, the 72nd one in the festival’s history, has now been announced. The festival itself will run from September 2nd to the 12th, with a jury that includes Alfonso Cuarón, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Just one day after Tiff unveiled its 2015 lineup, the Venice Film Festival has done the same. This year’s slate includes the world premieres of Johnny Depp‘s Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass, Tom Hooper‘s awards hopeful The Danish Girl, Thomas McCarthy‘s sex abuse drama Spotlight, Baltasar Kormákur‘s survival thriller Everest, and Cary Fukunaga‘s Netflix project Beasts of No Nation. Also represented are directors […]
- Angie Han
The 72nd Venice Film Festival will run from the 2-12 September and promises one of the hottest line ups for years. The already announced opening film, Baltasar Kormákur's Everest, continues the start big philosophy of Gravity and Birdman of the previous two years. The Johnny Depp return to acting, Black Mass, has also already been announced as showing out of competition, seeing Depp don another physical transformation, but this time in the service of a more grown-up tale of real life gangster Whitey Bulger. In the main competition, the English language big hitters include Kirsten Stewart in science fiction thriller Equals, a post-True Detective project for Cary Fukunaga - Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba - and Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl starring an unrecognisable Eddie Redmayne.
- CineVue UK
The full lineup for the Venice Film Festival has been revealed, and includes new films by Martin Scorsese, Jerzy Skolimowsky, Frederick Wiseman, Marco Bellocchio, Tsai Ming-liang, Aleksandro Sokurov and more.CompetitionFrenzy (Emin Alper, Turkey/France/Qatar)Heart of a Dog (Laurie Anderson, Us)Blood of My Blood (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)Looking for Grace (Sue Brooks, Australia)Equals (Drake Doremus, Us)Remember (Atom Egoyan, Canada/Germany)Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga, Us)Per amor vostro (Giuseppe M. Gaudino, Italy/France)Marguerite (Xavier Giannoli, France/Czech Republic/Belgium)Rabin, the Last Day (Amos Gitai, Israel/France)A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France)The Endless River (Oliver Hermanus, South Africa/France)The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper, UK/Us)Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman/Duke Johnson, Us)L'attesa (Piero Mesina, Italy)11 Minutes (Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland)Francofonia (Aleksandr Sokurov, France/Germany/Netherlands)The Clan (Pablo Trapero, Argentina/Spain)Desde alla (Lorenza Vigas, Venezuela/Mexico)L'hermine (Christian Vincent, »
The 72nd Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12) has unveiled the 55 features – mixing star vehicles and international auteurs – that will make up this year’s official selection.
Venice director Alberto Barbera and Biennale president Paolo Baratta announced the line-up this morning.
Birdman, last year’s opening night film, went on to be named best picture at this year’s Academy Awards, while multiple Oscar-winner Gravity bowed at the 2013 edition.
Venice also revealed that Guan Hu’s Mr Six will close the festival on Sept 12. Feng Xiaogang plays the title character, a former gangster living alone with various illnesses, who is tempted back into the business by his son.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The festival will gives us our first glimpses of some of the films who hope to do battle in this year’s Oscar race. In the competition, some of the films vying for glory include Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, which stars last year’s Oscar winner for Best Actor Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything); Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba (Star Trek Beyond), which debuts in the Us on Netflix; and Equals, the sci-fi drama directed by Drake Doremus (Breathe In) starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.
You can see the full list of films and their catagories below, and we shall update the titles when announcements are incoming:
Frenzy, Emin Alper (Turkey, France, Qatar)
Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson (U.S.)
- Scott J. Davis
The 72nd annual Venice Film Festival announced its lineup on Wednesday, with a mixture of international auteurs and big Hollywood stars. Films booked for the festival include Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” starring Eddie Redmayne as an early subject of male-to-female gender reassignment surgery; Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash,” with Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson and Atom Egoyan’s “Remember,” with Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor looking to track down the guard who killed his family. Main competition titles in Venice include Drake Doremus’ “Equals,” with Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult; Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight, »
- Steve Pond
Aside from a few dizzying highlights from the likes of Inarritu, Oppenheimer and Andersson, there was a slight sense that last year’s Venice Film Festival was a little bit of a let down, after a few cracking years in a row on the Lido. But it seems like it was nothing but a blip: perhaps because of the Oscar-winning success of the 2014 edition’s opening film “Birdman,” the full line-up announcement for the 2015 festival looks to be a strong return to form, on paper at least. Read More: The Best And Worst Of The 2014 Venice Film Festival Joining the already-announced opener “Everest,” and the out-of-competition “Black Mass” in Italy is an enticing collection of established helmers and up-and-comers. Before they head to Tiff, Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts Of No Nation,” Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” and Charlie Kaufman’s “Anomalisa” will be world premiering at Venice. In terms of English-language fare, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Some of the most anticipated movies of the Fall will make their debut at the four major festivals that annual suck up the movie world's attention during a five-week period beginning in September. The New York Film Festival has already revealed that "The Walk," "Steve Jobs" and "Miles Away" will be its major galas. The 40th Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of selections on Tuesday giving away many of the "secret" premieres at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend. Earlier this month Venice announced it would open with Universal Pictures' "Everest" and debut Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" with Johnny Depp out of competition. Now, the festival has unveiled a majority of its slate with some very exciting surprises. The biggest news is that Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" will have its world premiere in Venice. The highly anticipated drama has already generated »
- Gregory Ellwood
All the films screening at this year’s Venice film festival. This list will be updated as more titles are announced
Frenzy, Emin Alper (Turkey, France, Qatar)
Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson (U.S.)
Looking for Grace, Sue Brooks (Australia)
Beasts of No Nation, Idris Elba (Us)
Per amor vostro, Giuseppe M. Gaudino (Italy, France)
Rabin, the Last Day, Amos Gitai (Israel, France)
L’attesa, Piero Messina (Italy)
11 minutes, Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland)
Francofonia, Aleksander Sokurov (France, Germany, Netherlands)
The Clan, Pablo Trapero (Argentina, Spain)
Desde alla, Lorenzo Vigas (Venezuela, Mexico)
L’hermine, Christian Vincent (France)
Behemoth, Zhao Liang (China, »
- Guardian Staff
Rome — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a potentially strong lineup with enough studio/specialty titles toplining A-list stars — including Jake Gyllenhaal (“Everest”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) — to boost its role as a classy awards-season platform, plus new works by Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, Marco Bellocchio and many other high-caliber international auteurs.
As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain-climbing thriller “Everest” from Universal, starring Gyllenhaal, will open Venice out of competition on Sept. 2 — a nice coup for artistic director Alberto Barbera, segueing from “Birdman” as opener last year, and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” in 2013.
With Toronto less aggressive in its push to secure more world preems, Venice is bowing several hot titles — including Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” Atom Egoyan’s “Remember” and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” featuring Michael Keaton’s first post-“Birdman” screen appearance — that are subsequently Toronto-bound. »
- Nick Vivarelli
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off once again in September, and has now announced a batch of the films that will premiere or screen there. Among this year’s crop? Jean-Marc Vallee's Demolition, Ridley Scott’s The Martian and Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. Demolition, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, is scheduled to open the event, and we can also expect the likes of Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong biopic The Program, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, which features Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, and Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation, which stars Idris Elba, was bought by Netflix and will show there once its festival run is complete. Films scoring galas including Kray twins drama Legend, which has Tom Hardy playing both lead roles and Jay Roach’s Trumbo, featuring Bryan Cranston as the blacklisted writer. Denis Villeneuve’s drug war thriller Sicario will follow »
Scott Foundas: Well, the cat is really out of the bag now. After weeks of intense blogosphere speculation about the fall festival season and palate-whetting gala announcements from the New York Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival kicked things into high gear this morning when it announced more than 40 titles that will comprise the festival’s Gala and Special Presentations categories come September. It’s a typically starry list, full of A-list names in front of and behind the camera, some very obvious Oscar bait, and a few Toronto stalwarts to satisfy the requisite quota of local Canadian talent, including Atom Egoyan, who makes a bid for a comeback (after the career-pummeling one-two of “Devil’s Knot” and “The Captive”) with “Remember,” starring Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor trying to track down the former Nazi guard responsible for murdering his family.
Egoyan’s film is listed by the »
- Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
A selection of films from the 2015 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival have been unveiled, with films by Terrence Davies, Pablo Larraín, Deepa Mehta, Charlie Kaufman, and many more!GalasBeeba Boys (Deepa Mehta, Canada)Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée, USA)The Dressmaker (Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia)Eye in the Sky (Gavin Hood, United Kingdom)Forsaken (Jon Cassar, Canada)Freeheld (Peter Sollett, USA)Hyena Road (Paul Gross, Canada)Legend (Brian Helgeland, United Kingdom)Lolo (Julie Delpy, France)The Man Who Knew Infinity (Matthew Brown, United Kingdom)The Martian (Ridley Scott, USA)The Program (Stephen Frears, United Kingdom)Remember (Atom Egoyan, Canada)Septembers of Shiraz (Wayne Blair, USA)Stonewall (Roland Emmerich, USA)Special PresentationsAnomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, USA)Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga, USA/Ghana)Black Mass (Scott Cooper, USA)Brooklyn (John Crowley, United Kingdom/Ireland/Canada)The Club (Pablo Larraín, Chile)Colonia (Florian Gallenberger, Germany/Luxembourg/France)The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper, »
This morning the first lineup of films were announced for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (see the lineup below and the write up here) and Kevin Jagernauth from The Playlist joins me here to take a look at the film's announced in the Gala and Special Presentation selection. We start from the top and run down the list from top to bottom, pointing out highlights and surprises and end with a discussion about the films we're surprised that weren't announced. You can listen to the full episode in the player below, it runs just under 40 minutes long and you can find the complete lineup right here. You can subscribe to the RopeofSilicon Podcast on iTunes right here, find us on SoundCloud here as well as on Twitter and Facebook. Galas Beeba Boys (dir. Deepa Mehta) Demolitian (dir. Jean-Marc Vallee) *Opening Night Film* The Dressmaker (dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse) Eye in the Sky (dir. »
- Brad Brevet
World premieres for Kate Winslet, Matt Damon and Bryan CranstonTerence Davies, Tom Hooper and Stephen Frears bolster Brit presenceEddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore back in awards raceLong-awaited new projects from Michael Moore and Charlie KaufmanFull lineup
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The first looks at those films which will be vying for Oscars next year have already happened, at Sundance and Cannes. But while those festivals this year supplied a surprisingly scant selection of contenders, Tuesday’s programme announcements for this year’s Toronto film festival suggests a flood is coming.
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- Benjamin Lee
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