VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

  • 'Exorcist' director William Friedkin to get lifetime award in Venice May 3, 2013

    William Friedkin, the U.S. film director who scared up a fright with 'The Exorcist' and set pulses racing with thriller 'The French Connection' in the 1970s, will get a lifetime achievement award from the Venice Film Festival, organizers said on Thursday. Friedkin, 77, will also present a restored version of his...
  • Korean film 'Pieta' wins at Venice Film Festival September 10, 2012

    Venice: South Korean movie Pieta, an ultraviolent story of a loan shark confronted by a mysterious woman claiming to be his mother, scooped the Golden Lion award for best picture at the Venice film festival. The other big winner on the night was Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, loosely based on...
  • Oscar race begins as Phoenix, Hoffman wow Venice September 4, 2012

    Venice: Venice traditionally fires the starting gun in the long movie awards season, and as the world's oldest film festival reaches the halfway point three actors have set Hollywood tongues wagging with memorable performances. Michael Shannon as a serial hitman, Philip Seymour Hoffman as a cult leader modelled on Scientology founder...
  • Malick's 'To the Wonder' gets contrasting response September 3, 2012

    Venice: Terrence Malick divides opinion like almost no other director working today, and To the Wonder, his impressionistic and virtually dialoguefree story of love and faith, was booed as loudly as it was cheered at the Venice film festival. The movie is the reclusive American director's second in two years, after...
  • Spanish director wins YouTube online festival September 3, 2012

    Venice: Spanish filmmaker David Victori has won the inaugural edition of YouTube's Your Film Festival for his short movie The Guilt. The winner was announced on the sidelines of the Venice Film Festival after selection by a jury that included director Ridley Scott and actor Michael Fassbender. Victori, whose movie focuses...
  • Actors shine in Venice film based on Scientology September 3, 2012

    Venice: Philip Seymour Hoffman shines as a cult leader in The Master, a compelling new film inspired by the real life of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard about how power and faith can corrupt. The movie, from There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson, has its world premiere at the...
  • 'Hugo' editor Thelma Schoonmaker wins Gucci award September 1, 2012

    Venice: Thelma Schoonmaker, a threetime Academy Award winner, was awarded on Friday the second Gucci award for women's achievement in filmmaking for her work editing Hugo. Schoonmaker, 72, has worked on every Scorsese feature film and won the Academy Award for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed. "I just don't...
  • 'Reluctant Fundamentalist' opens Venice film fest August 29, 2012

    New York: Indian filmmaker Mira Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist', a riveting drama about a young Pakistani's disillusionment with the great American dream in the post 9/11 era, opened the 69th edition of Venice film festival today. Nair, an old favourite at the festival, premiered the film in an outof competition screening....
  • Venice festival to open with Mira Nair film August 27, 2012

    London: Venice is putting its faith in sex and Scientology this year to generate the kind of buzz the world's oldest film festival needs to stay ahead of a growing field of rivals. Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the annual cinema showcase on the Lido island across the water from the Canal...
  • Watch: YouTube's Your Film Festival finalists August 1, 2012

    YouTube's inaugural film festival has selected 10 short films that it will send to the Venice Film Festival. YouTube announced the finalists of its Your Film Festival. The contest was overseen by director Ridley Scott, whose production company helped winnow the 15,000 submissions down to 10.All 10 films will be...
  • Mira Nair's film to open Venice film fest July 23, 2012

    New York: NRI filmmaker Mira Nair's latest thriller 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist', starring Shabana Azmi and Om Puri, will open the 69th edition of Venice film festival next month. An adaptation of Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid's book of the same name, the film will have its world premiere in an outofcompetition screening...
  • YouTube plots 'Your Film Festival' for users January 19, 2012

    New York: YouTube is launching a film festival that will play out online and ultimately send 10 finalists to the Venice Film Festival. The Google Inc.owned video site announced Thursday that Your Film Festival will take submissions of short films up to 15 minutes in length between Feb. 2 and March...
  • The best dressed stars at film festivals September 15, 2011

    Here are the top 5 best dressed stars from the Venice film festival and Toronto film festival. ...
  • Russian film 'Faust' takes top prize in Venice September 11, 2011

    Venice, Italy: Russian film 'Faust', loosely based on Goethe's classic German text, won the Golden Lion for best picture at the Venice film festival on Saturday. The movie, directed by the revered Alexander Sokurov, divided critics at the annual cinema showcase, but had been among the favourites to scoop the...
  • Venice film festival wins on points September 10, 2011

    Venice, Italy: The Venice film festival launched a series of strong movies in 2011, including several early Oscar contenders, but critics said the cinema showcase lacked a standout contender for the Golden Lion award. Madonna, George Clooney, Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon were among the Alisters to walk the red...
  • Madonna's crown slips with mediocre film reviews September 2, 2011

    Venice: Madonna may be the 'queen of pop',but her crown as movie director slipped this week after most early reviews of her second feature film 'W.E.' ranged from middling to poor. The picture, which had its world premiere at the Venice film festival on Thursday, is loosely based on the life...
  • Madonna, Polanski films vie for Venice limelight September 1, 2011

    Venice, Italy: The Venice film festival promises a pop superstar and a whiff of scandal on Thursday, with Madonna presenting her second feature and Roman Polanski notable by his absence at the world premiere of his new picture. Madonna, 53, is in the canal city for W.E., a film loosely...
  • Israel's Lebanon, best film at Venice September 13, 2009

    Venice: Hardhitting Israeli war movie Lebanon won the Golden Lion for best picture at the Venice film festival on Saturday. Director Samuel Maoz shot almost the entire film from inside a tank to communicate the claustrophobia and fear he experienced as a young Israeli conscript during the 1982 war. He was so...
  • Iranian street protests hit big screen in Venice September 12, 2009

    Venice: Twenty oneyearold Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf brings the bloody street protests that followed June's presidential vote to the big screen in a film looking at the hopes and frustrations of the country's youth. Green Days focuses on the runup to the election on the streets of Tehran and features interviews...
  • Ent Wrap: Man professes love for George Clooney September 11, 2009

    New Delhi: The Beatles remastered CD's are out while George Clooney has an ardent lover other than his lady love. From Beatlemania and Clooneymania to the GQ Men of the year awardees, find out all the details in CNNIBN's entertainment wrap. CLOONEYMANIA Actor George Clooney stepped out in style with his new...
  • Dev D, Delhi 6 screened at 66th Venice Film Fest September 11, 2009

    New Delhi:Dev D was busy posing for shutterbugs, filmmaker Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra was debating the Bollywood syndrome. "We do suffer from the Bollywood syndrome, which one is very ashamed of. But anyway, having said that, it's definitely I don't know whether you want to call it an experiment or...
  • Photogallery: Meet George Clooney's new arm candy September 9, 2009

    George Clooney introduced his new girlfriend Elizabeth Canalis to his friends at the Venice Film Festival. Clooney is at the festival to promote his new film Ewan McGregor. ...
  • 'Capitalism is evil', says new Michael Moore film September 6, 2009

    Venice: Capitalism is evil. That is the conclusion US documentary maker Michael Moore comes to in his latest movie Capitalism: A Love Story, which premieres at the Venice film festival on Sunday. Blending his trademark humour with tragic individual stories, archive footage and publicity stunts, the 55yearold launches an all out...
  • Michael Moore targets capitalism at Venice film fest August 30, 2009

    London: The Venice film festival has capitalism in its sights this year, with premieres of Michael Moore's documentary on the US economic meltdown and a drama starring Matt Damon as a corrupt corporate whistleblower. Capitalism: A Love Story, in competition at the annual cinema showcase, sees Moore take on the corporate...
  • In Pics: Brad and his brood at Venice Film Festival September 4, 2008

    New Delhi: Hollywood star Brad Pitt took his brood with him to the Venice Film Festival. ...
  • Glitzy Indian connection at Venice Film Festival September 5, 2007

    New Delhi: After the likes of Brad Pitt and Charlize Theron, the Venice Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for director Ridley Scott who came armed with his classic scifi thriller Blade Runner The Final Cut. Twentyfive years after the Blade Runner first saw it's theatrical release, the Final...
  • estop: Fashion week's sarkari venue and Venice film fest September 4, 2007

    A new sarkari venue, a series of thefts and designers crying foul, India's biggest fashion week this season is on a bit of a wobbly runway. And after the likes of Brad Pitt and Charlize Theron, the Venice Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for director Ridley Scott...
  • Pitt steals the limelight at Venice Film Festival September 4, 2007

    New Delhi: Its raining Hollywood stars at the 75th Venice Film Festival. And lets begin with the biggest star of them all! Brad Pitt came in for the premiere of his latest film The Assassination Of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Starring Pitt as the legendary outlaw Jesse...
  • Still Life is surprise winner at Venice September 10, 2006

    Venice: Chinese movie Still Life, set against the backdrop of China's gigantic Three Gorges Dam project, won this year's Golden Lion, the top award at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday. The award ceremony on the glamorous Lido beach front wrapped up an 11day movie marathon with over 20 premieres in...