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Jose here. I'm glad to report that as the temperatures come down, slightly, so do the hemlines, which means it's red carpet season! <3 So let's get down to business! First up in Venice we have Eva Herzigova in a sheer, but elegant, Alberta Ferreti. The Italian designer's bold work usually pops up in Venetian red carpets and Herzigova's simple styling make us think she's equally ready for a fancy cocktail party, as she is for lounging poolside. Next up the divine Emma Stone in Atelier Versace, who more and more seems to be paying homage to red carpet goddess Nicole Kidman and you won't hear me complain about that.
European red carpets tend to be more playful which is why it's no surprise to see Chiara Mastroianni in this androgynous suit from Gucci, the smoky makeup and severe hair round up one of my favorite looks of the year. Since »
The dysfunctional family has been an ever-present image in popular culture for decades: the battling husband and wife flanked by their bratty children are perhaps most frequently employed on garishly trite television sitcoms. In the movies, the gloves are ripped away and the reality shines on what is more often than not left unexposed in the darkness. What’s revealed seems to irrefutably prove that Tolstoy was absolutely correct when he wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
Now playing in select theaters is Little Men, the newest film from director Ira Sachs, with whom we recently spoke to about its making. The plot follows two teenage boys in Brooklyn, NY who develop a budding friendship, despite the feuding of their parents over the lease of a local dress shop. The film is already receiving raves from critics, including our own review »
- Tony Hinds
The Venice International Film Festival’s (Aug 31 - Sept 10) 2016 Critics’ Week line-up has been revealed.
The independent section of the festival – dedicated to features from debut directors – includes seven titles from five continents.
Closing will be Xander Robin’s Are We Not Cats, which was one of three genre titles to screen as a work-in-progress at the Cannes Marche this year as part of an inaugural partnership between genre market Frontières and the Cannes Film Festival »
Ahead of its official lineup being released last week (and amid rumors of what said lineup will consist of), the Venice Film Festival has announced the filmmakers and actors who will be on jury duty beginning late next month. Laurie Anderson, Gemma Arterton, Giancarlo De Cataldo, Nina Hoss, Chiara Mastroianni, Joshua Oppenheimer, Lorenzo Vigas and Zhao Wei will be heading the Competition jury alongside Sam Mendes, who’s serving as president this year.
Heading the Orizzonti section, meanwhile, is French director Robert Guédiguian. He’ll be joined by J. Hoberman, Nelly Karim, Valentina Lodovini, Moon So-ri, José Maria (Chema) Prado and Chaitanya Tamhane. Kim Rossi Stuart is leading the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film — Lion of the Future jury with Rosa Bosch, Brady Corbet, »
- Michael Nordine
Rome — The Venice Film Festival has announced the full roster of its main jury that will comprise Laurie Anderson, Gemma Arterton, and Joshua Oppenheimer alongside Italian writer Giancarlo De Cataldo, German actress Nina Hoss, French Actress Chiara Mastroianni, Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas and Chinese actress, director and singer Zhao Wei.
Vigas won the Venice Golden Lion last year with his first feature “From Afar,” about a middle-aged gay man who cruises the streets of Caracas searching for young companions.
Zhao made her directorial debut in 2013 with college romancer “So Young,” which is the highest grossing film ever made by a female Chinese filmmaker. One of China’s most popular actresses, also known as Vicky Zhao, she recently came under fire from the Communist Youth League for casting Taiwan thesp Leon Dai as the lead in her sophomore film directorial effort, “No Other Love,” and was forced to drop him. Dai »
- Nick Vivarelli
Not everyone in France is a wine connoisseur. In “Saint Amour,” country bumpkin cattle farmer Bruno (Benoit Poelvoorde) tosses back the stuff just to get drunk, estimating that he’s been plastered twice a week for the past 25 years (multiplied out, that’s at least 2,500 times). At the Paris Agricultural Show, Bruno grabs his best friend (helmer Gustave Kervern) and heads straight for the wine stand, aiming to do a virtual tour of France’s wine-producing regions without even leaving the fair — a scenario that’s not even funny for five minutes, even with an overweight Gerard Depardieu playing his exasperated dad. Fortunately, Kervern and co-director Benoit Delepine don’t stop there, delivering a surprisingly sweet, if not entirely successful addition to their unabashedly strange oeuvre.
With a sense of humor that would be right at home on Adult Swim, the French comedy conspirators know a thing or two about orchestrating anarchic road-movie premises, »
- Peter Debruge
Les Malheurs de Sophie
Director: Christophe Honoré
Writers: Christophe Honoré, Gilles Tourand
One of France’s most underrated directors (at least judging on the level of attention he receives overseas) is Christophe Honoré, who is perhaps best known for his 2007 film, Love Songs, which played in the Main Competition at Cannes. A unique and utterly charming musical, Honore followed up his collaboration with Alex Beaupain with less success for 2011’s Beloved, which closed the Cannes Film Festival. Usually casting either Louis Garrell, Chiara Mastroianni or both in nearly all his features, his latest, Metamorphoses (2014), an adaptation of the famed text by Greek poet Ovid, premiered at Venice Days with little fanfare. Honore’s also responsible for the provocative George Bataille adaptation, Ma Mere (2004) which features an infamous performance from Isabelle Huppert. His tenth feature film, Les Malheurs de Sophie (Sophie’s Woes), is loosely based on a famed children’s »
- Nicholas Bell
Directors: Gustave Kervern, Benoit Delepine
Writers: Gustave Kervern, Benoit Delepine
Eclectic Belgian directing duo Gustave Kervern and Benoit Delepine have created a variety of bizarre scenarios together ever since their 2004 debut Aaltra. Notable titles also included 2010’s Mammuth starring Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani, as well as their not-to-be-missed 2012 title Le Grand Soir, which won the top prize out of Directors’ Fortnight. In Venice 2014, they unveiled Near Death Experience while Kervern has been appearing on other French projects in front of the camera, opposite Catherine Deneuve in In the Courtyard (2014) as well as 2015’s delightfully offbeat Ashphalte from Samuel Benchetrit (unveiled out of competition at Cannes). They often recycle the same cast mates in their feature, and a few of them populate their next feature, Saint Amour (previously known as The Wine Route), with leads Depardieu and Benoit Poelvoorde (The Brand New Testament; 3 Hearts) as father and son »
- Nicholas Bell
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