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    Venice Film Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 10, 2022

    Venice Film Festival 2022 (Aug. 31-Sept. 10)


    HARRY STYLES, FLORENCE PUGH IN DON'T WORRY, DARLING

    Julianne Moore is president of the jury this year. Special Lifetime Achievement Golden Lions will be presented to Catherine Deneuve and Paul Schrader.

    From Variety.. Films expected:

    DON'T WORRY DARLING (Olivia Wilde, Warner Bros.) with Florence Pugh, Harry Styles.
    TAR (Todd Field, Focus Features) with Cate Blanchett as a star orchestral conducdor
    BLONDE starring Ana de Armas.
    WHITE NOISE (Noah Baumbach, adapting Don DeeLillo's novel). With Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig, Jodie Turner-Smith - Opening Night Film (at the NYFF also)
    BARDO, FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS (Alexander G. Iñárritu)
    ATHENA (Romain Gavras, cowritten with LES MISERABLES' Ladj Ly)
    BONES AND ALL (Luca Guadagnino) with Timothée Chalamet, Taylor Russell
    1985 (Santiago Mitre, for Amazon studios) about overthrow of Argentina's dictatorsip
    MONICA (Andrea Pallaoro) with transgender actor Trace Lysette, Patricia Clarkson
    THE MASTER GARDENER (Paul Schrader) with Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver
    NO BEARS (Jafar Panahi) - Iran
    WALK UP (Hong Sang-soo) - Korea
    LOVE LIFE (Koji Fukada)- Japan
    OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN/LES ENFANTS DES AUTRES (Rebecca Zlotkowski) with Virginie Efira, Roschdy Zem and Chiara Mastroianni, - France
    SAINT OMER (Alice Diop, known for her doc NOUS) - France
    L'IMMENSITà (Emanuele Crialese) with Peneloope Cruz - Italy
    IL SIGNORE DELLE FORMICHE (Gianni Amelio) with Elio Germano, Luigi Lo Cascio - Italy
    THE WHALE (Darren Aronofsky) with Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Samantha Morton, Ty Simpkins
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    Venice Bienale Film Festival: full list (from Deadline)


    IL SIGNORE DELLE FORMICHE (LORD OF THE ANTS)

    VENEZIA 79 COMPETITON
    Il Signore Delle Formiche, dir: Gianni Amelio
    The Whale, dir: Darren Aronofsky
    L’Imensita, dir: Emanuel Crialese
    Saint Omer, dir: Alice Diop
    Blonde, dir: Andrew Dominik
    Tár, dir: Todd Field
    Love Life, dir: Koji Fukada
    Bardo, False Chronicle Of A Handful Of Truths, dir: Alejandro G. Inarritu
    Athena, dir: Romain Gavras
    Bones And All, dir: Luca Guadagnino
    The Eternal Daughter, dir: Joanna Hogg
    Beyond The Wall, dir: Vahid Jalilvand
    The Banshees Of Inisherin, dir: Martin McDonagh
    Argentina 1985, dir: Santiago Mitre
    Chiara, dir: Susanna Nicchiarelli
    Monica, dir: Andrea Pallaoro
    No Bears, dir: Jafar Panahi
    All The Beauty And The Bloodshed, dir: Laura Poitras
    A Couple, dir: Frederick Wiseman
    The Son, dir: Florian Zeller
    Our Ties, dir: Roschdy Zem
    Other People’s Children, dir: Rebecca Zlotowski

    OUT OF COMPETITION

    Fiction films
    The Hanging Sun, dir: Francesco Carrozzini
    When The Waves Are Gone, dir: Lav Diaz
    Living, dir: Oliver Hermanus
    Dead For A Dollar, dir: Walter Hill
    Call Of God, dir: Kim Ki-duk
    Dreamin’ Wild, dir: Bill Pohlad
    Master Gardener, dir: Paul Schrader
    Drought, dir: Paolo Virzi
    Pearl, dir: Ti West
    Don’t Worry Darling, dir: Olivia Wilde

    Documentaries
    Freedom On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom, dir: Evgeny Afineevsky
    The Matchmaker, dir: Benedetta Argentieri
    Gli Ultimi Giorni Dell’Umanita, dirs, Enrico Ghezzi, Alessandro Gagliardo
    A Compassionate Spy, dir: Steve James
    Music For Black Pigeons, dirs, Jorgen Leth, Andreas Koefoed
    The Kiev Trial, dir: Sergei Loznitsa
    In Viaggio, dir: Gianfranco Rosi
    Bobi Wine Ghetto President, dirs, Christopher Sharp, Moses Bwayo
    Nuclear, dir: Oliver Stone

    Short Films
    Maid, dir: Lucretia Martel
    Look At Me, dir: Sally Potter

    Series
    The Kingdom Exodus, dir: Lars von Trier
    Copenhagen Cowboys, dir: Nicolas Winding Refn

    HORIZONS EXTRA
    Origin Of Evil, dir: Sebastien Mariner
    Hanging Gardens, dir: Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji
    Amanda, dir: Carolina Cavalli
    Zapatos Rojos, dir: Carlos Eichelmann Kaiser
    Nezhou, dir: Soudade Kaadan
    Notte Fantasma, dir: Fulvio Risuleo
    Without Her, dir: Arian Vazirdaftari
    Valeria Is Getting Married, dir: Michael Vinik
    Goliath, dir: Adilkhan Yerzhanov

    HORIZONS
    Princess, Roberto De Paolis
    On The Fringe, dir: Juan Diego Botto
    Victim, dir: Michal Blasko
    Trenque Lauquen I, dir: Laura Citarella
    Trenque Lauquen II, dir: Laura Citarella
    Vera, dirs: Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel
    Blanquita, dir: Fernando Guzzoni
    Pour La France, dir: Rachid Hami
    A Man, dir: Kei Ishikawa
    Bread And Salt, dir: Damian Kocur
    Luxembourg, Luxembourg, dir: Antonio Lukich
    Ti Mangio Il Cuore, dir: Pippo Mezzapesa
    To The North, dir: Mihai Mincan
    Autobiography, Makbul Mubarak
    La Syndicaliste, dir: Jean-Paul Salomé
    World War III, dir: Houman Seyedi
    The Happiest Man In The World, dir: Teona Strugar Mitevska
    The Bride, dir: Sergio Tréfaut
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    VENICE Film Festival begins.


    CATE BLANCHETT IN TODD FIELD'S TÁR

    GUARDIAN coverage HERE The oldest film festival has plenty of interest. And the GUARDIAN'S Peter Bradshaw is cranking out reviews once again of some of the most important new films.

    WHITE NOISE (Noah Baumbach) The Don DeLilo adaptation opens here as it will at the NYFF and gets 5/5 stars in Peter Bradshaw's review, "a sensuous apocalyptic reverie." (I have never finished this famous symphonic novel about conflicting information, a plane crash, campus crisis, marital comedy, death, and a professor of "Hitler studies" who knows no German. I know I should have. DeLilo is one of David Foster Wallace's favorite authors.) Adam Driver stars here as he did in Baumbach's previous MARRIAGE STORY.

    BARDO: FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS (Alejandro González Iñárritu) gets 3/5 stars in Bradshaw's review for the semi-autobiographical return to Mexico which Bradshaw calls "Technically stylish and massively insufferable," a "quite staggeringly self-indulgent and self-congratulatory film." Bradshaw feels Iñárritu has only a sketchy knowledge of "actual journalist-slash-documentary film-makers, as opposed to those of colossally important Oscar-winning feature directors," so there is falsity about the slightly-changed autobiographical protagonist. But the film has "brilliant individual moments" and is "made with real panache."

    THE KINGDOM: EXODUS (Lars vonTrier) Xian Brooks gives a 3/5 also in his GUARDIAN review. It is a return to the director's 5-part inventive, quirky horror TV hospital series and, given the director's many vicissitudes, his ins and outs with festivals, his diagnosis with Parkinson's, it's a miracle that it's even here and he's still working.

    TÁR (Todd Field) gets 4/5 stars and a lot of praise in Peter Bradshaw's GUARDIAN review for this piece of elegant high culture melodrama about a "globally renowned conductor who has a live-in relationship with her first violinist, Nina Hoss, heading for a crisis or crackup or creative breakthrough." Cate Blanchett alone could carry it off with such "imperious hauteur" and Field creates a "an almost tantrically deferred climax" it "can't quite absorb." VOGUE calls the character "menacing and unlikeable" and "brilliantly repugnant." Classical music fans are likely to love-hate this. Todd Field's first film since LITTLE CHILDREN (NYFF 2006).

    PADRE PIO (Ael Ferrara) gets a 3/5 in Bradwhaw's review for a film about the personal torment of a young priest after WWI which he finds strange; and he says "Shia LaBeouf’s bearded brooding leaves film stuck in limbo." Asia Argento has a "creepy cameo."

    A COUPLE (Frederick Wiseman) gets a 4/5 in Bradshaw's review for a fictionalized film of only 64 minutes from the documentarian of normally epic length. Nathalie Boutefeu stars as the wife of Leo Tolstoy with "a series of yearning monologues which have been adapted from her diaries and letters."

    THE MARCH ON ROME (Mark Cousins) gets 5/5 stars in Bradshaw's GUARDIAN review for his documentary about the "founding myth" of Mussolini's fascist dictatorship of Italy. Cousins shows how films were used to engender glamour and enthusiasm and make it look like the march from Naples to Rome was much bigger than it was. A poster shown says "La cinematografia è la forma più forte" (film is the strongest form). Cousins discusses the reabsorption of fascist architecture in Italy but omits that the Palazzo Del Casinò "is surely one of the most obviously fascist-era buildings in Europe" and the Venice Film Festival "a key invention of the Mussolini government."
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    More Venice 2022 reviews


    CHALAMET AND RUSSELL IN BONES AND ALL

    BONES AND ALL (Luca Guadangino) Jay Weissberg speaks of warmly in a FILM VERDICT review. It's from a YA bestseller by Camille DeAngelis about a young couple traveling together bonded by their shared need to heat human flesh. Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet star with Mark Rylance, André Holland, Chloë Sevigny and Jessica Harper. It's a youth picture, a romance, a road picture, and set in the'80's ands shot on Kodak 35mm to enhance the period feeling. After CALL ME BY YOUR NAME and even more after "We Are Who We Are" on HBO, this respectful, admiring review is convincing because Guadagnino keeps getting better, and this flows with Chalamet's increasing stardom. Bradshaw gave BONES AND ALL 5/5 stars and called it "a macabre horror, an emo adventure in revulsion" and "an extravagant and outrageous movie: scary, nasty and startling in its warped romantic idealism."

    ATHENA (Romain Gavras) is a French film set in the banlieue that Boyd van Hoeij calls in his VERDICT review "An adrenaline-rush thrill ride." Nothing new, he admits, but "heart-pounding action." Ladj Ly of LES MISERABLES worked on the script. Since this is a Netflix film, it had a very generous budget for a French film, $15M, so production values are an aspect of the interest. Bradshaw gives it 3/5 stars and says it has a "staggeringly good opening set piece."

    ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED (doc ace Laura Poitras) Jay Weissberg's FILM VERDICT review calls "well structured" (when he got the hang of it) in interweaving the life of Nan Golden with the issue of the Sackler family's complicity in the opioid crisis. (This film will be featured as the centerpiece film in the NYFF, as we've seen.)
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    More films - "issues"


    MIA GOTH IN PEARL

    PEARL (Ti West) gets 5/5 stars in Bradshaw's GUARDIAN review. It's a prequel to West's previous X and he says shows Mia Goth "is an actual superstar" which is "the biggest and nicest" news of Venice.This "cine-fever dream set in the dying days of Spanish flu" is an "outrageous horror shocker" and Goth takes "to the next level." Maybe he shouldn't have enjoyed it so much, he says, but he did. PEARL TRAILER (A24).

    ARGENTINA 1985 (Santiago Mitre) is praised in Bradshaw's no-points "first look" review. The great Ricardo Darin plays Julio Strassera, the Argentinian chief prosecutor in charge of the junta trial in 1985. Thes is a courtroom picture but it's one of the key trials in modern history, ending decades of corruption, where lawyers take on Argentina's bloody dictatorship, and is enlivened by a band of young legal officers who travel around the country looking for witnesses who give the film "a lot of zip."

    BLUE JEAN (Georgia Oakley) is a film about the travails of a gay woman PE teacher in the painful era for gay people (1988-90) of Thatcher's homo-repressive Article 28. Boyd van Hoeij on FILM VERDICT says this is "at times a little clumsy" but "the work of an interesting new voice in British cinema with a flair for expressive images." Bradshaw in the GUARDIAN finds a lot of "telly" in it and simplifications of the era but agrees it's "certainly forthright, with some soap-operatic force," and gives it 3/5 stars.

    MASTER GARDENER (Paul Schrader). according to Deborah Young (FILM VERDICT)is a spotlight film that drops the ball on depicting American extremists in a story about "a marked man trying to redeem himself," starring Joel Edgerton and Sigourney Weaver. In his HOLLYWOOD REPORTER review David Rooney calls it "belabored." (Out of Competition.)
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    Venice Sunday


    VIRGINIE EFFIRA WITH CALLIE FERREIRA-GONCALVES IN OTHER PEOPLE'S CHLDREN/LES ENFANTS DES AUTRES

    L'IMMENSITÀ (Emanuele Crialese). Bradshaw gives 3/5 stars in his GUARDIAN review to this "escapist fantasy" and film of "multi-generational unhappiness" starring Penelope Cruz, a study of a Spanish mother of three in Rome with an adulterous businessman husband who (she, that is) is headed toward a nervous breakdown. Fantasy song-and-dance segments with the kids are fine but pre-breakdown ones are "ungainly" and "do not have the delicacy and subtlety of her work with Almodóvar." Crialese is interested in immigration and notable films have been (reviewed here at the time) the excellent GOLDEN DOOR (2006) and the ambitious TERRA FERMA (2011) .

    OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN (Rebecca Zlotowski) gets 3/5 stars also in the GUARDIAN for its "sweet" but slightly "lenient and soft-focus" treatment of various forms of adult heartbreak. Starring Virginie Efira as a single teacher who's Jewish sliding toward the age when she can't have a child of her own, who starts a hot love affair with Roschdy Zem, who's ever-present ex is Chiara Mastroianni, and woos his 5-year-old daughter because she must.

    THE GHOST OF RICHARD HARRIS (Adrian Sibley) is a welcome documentary about the notable Irish-born singer and actor of the 'Angry Young Man' period and beyond. There are "memorable moments" of his colorful life with the participation of his three sons, but it's inadequate on his famous hell raising because it just goes a bit too light on the alcoholism and the cocaine, Bradshaw says in his GUARDIAN review. 3/5 stars. "Too many inconvenient truths are dismissed."

    THE WHALE (Darren Aronofsky) gets 2/5 stars in the GUARDIAN review. and a heap of abuse from Bradshaw, who calls it "vapid, hammy and stagey," the writing "clumsy" and the whole "sucrose and underpowered." It features Brendan Fraser in massive elastic latex makeup as a morbidly obese Zoom teacher who wants to reunite with his daughter whom he left for a gay affair with a student who has died. An overcomplicated, vague, and unconvincing plot partly revolves around the protagonist's love of literature and Melville's Moby Dick where he identifies with the whale.
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