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Simone Eder and Carlotta Corvi report from the Venice International Film Festival.
The 68th was certainly a memorable year with the overall quality of the films being very high and the films for the lineup well selected. Some films surprised while some films disappointed, and most of them will be talked about in the coming weeks and months.
The longest running Film festival in the World kicked off its 68th Edition Festival at the Lido in Venice with the world premiere of George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March starring Ryan Gosling, Clooney himself, Paul Giamatti and Phillip Seymour Hoffman,and was the first film shown in competition for the Golden Lion. Promoted as intense tale of sex, ambition, loyalty, betrayal and revenge the film was however less cynical and shocking than promised and contained a couple of weak plot points. The actors, especially the supporting cast, »
What it lacked in controversy it more than made up for in starpower like Madonna and George Clooney, whose political film The Ides Of March was blanked up against nearly the two dozen movies in competition this year. The 68th Venice Film Festival ended today with the award of the coveted Golden Lion for Best Film to Faust by Aleksander Sokurov, the Russian director’s reworking of Goethe’s literary work. Silver Lion for Best Director to Shangjun Cai for the film Ren Shan Ren Hai. Special Jury Prize to Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese. Coppa Volpi to Michael Fassbender (for his star turn as a sex addict in the film Shame) and to Deanie Yip (in the film Tao Jie). Marcello Mastroianni Award to Shôta Sometani and Fumi Nikaidô (in the film Himizu). Other award winners included Best Screenplay to Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou for Greece’s odd-ball, low-budget tragedy Alps. »
- NIKKI FINKE
[Editor's Note: Here's Manolis, a Greek reader who is covering Venice for The Film Experience. If you can read Greek, visit Cinema News for more of his festival coverage.]
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The spy thriller was eagerly anticipated here in Venice and reaction was generally positive though some critics felt that something was missing. English is not my first language and with the heavy accents I did have a hard time following all of the twists of the intricate plot. But despite my difficult I was delighted that the film doesn’t underestimate your intelligence and demands your full attention throughout. The film's technical aspest are very impressive from sets to costumes to cinematography and Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) directs with stylish gusto, creating magnificent shots and frames. Though the spy movie genre doesn't generally promise the slow pacing that Alfredson chooses, it's an interesting approach. The performances follow this same tone, all of them toned down. The triumph of the ensemble cast is that you can feel that underneath the icy surface of the British mentality of the period, »
- Manolis Dounias
3 items from 2011
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