Saturday, Sep. 4, 2021

Director Edgar Wright loves London. It's been his home for over 25 years. But he fears it too sometimes. It's a complicated relationship.

But it's that tension fuels "Last Night in Soho," a psychological thriller that he calls his "dark valentine to Soho." The film is having its world...

Friday, Sep. 3, 2021

Maggie Gyllenhaal may come from a family of filmmakers, yet she never let herself dream about directing until recently. Things changed very quickly and very profoundly for Gyllenhaal when she found herself writing to Elena Ferrante, asking for permission to adapt her 2008 novel "The Lost...

Friday, Sep. 3, 2021

Denis Villeneuve's adaption of Frank Herbert's "Dune" was always envisioned as two films. But even if the sequel is anything but a certainty, it's already been a "dream" for the Canadian director and his star Timothée Chalamet. 

"Simply put, this was the honor of a lifetime for me,"...

Thursday, Sep. 2, 2021

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino has profiled some powerful figures over the years, from real-life Italian premiers to fictional popes, as well as his adopted Rome in the Oscar-winner "The Great Beauty." But in his newest release, Sorrentino turns the camera on his own personal tragedy.

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Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021

Visitors to Venice could be forgiven for not realizing that beyond the majesty of St. Mark's Square and the romance of gondola rides lies a city that centuries ago helped provide a baseline of what the world knows today about containing pandemics.

It was here that the term "quarantine"...

Monday, Jul. 26, 2021

The Venice International Film Festival unveiled a starry lineup of world premieres for September — including Pablo Larrain's "Spencer," starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, and Ridley Scott's medieval drama "The Last Duel," featuring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver. 

The...

Saturday, Sep. 12, 2020

Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland," a recession-era road trip drama starring Frances McDormand, won the Golden Lion for best film Saturday at a slimmed-down Venice Film Festival, which was held against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Zhao and McDormand appeared by video from the United...

Thursday, Sep. 10, 2020

This is normally the time of year when flashy premieres march down red carpets and proclamations of Oscar buzz circle the globe. An avalanche of new films topples onto screens. The movie houses of Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York shake with applause. The movies, more than ever, feel alive...

Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2020

Hong Kong director Ann Hui paid tribute to her home city as she received a lifetime achievement award from the Venice International Film Festival.

The acclaimed director said she wanted to "revert this honor back to Hong Kong," the city where she grew up.

"It has given me an...

Sunday, Sep. 6, 2020

There's been a lot of talk about gender parity, feminism and equality at the Venice Film Festival this year, with nearly half the in-competition films directed by women. One of them, "Miss Marx," certainly backs that trend. 

The historical drama profiles Karl Marx's youngest daughter,...

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