September 8, 2012 |
South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk's intense mother-son relationship drama "Pieta" was awarded the Venice Film Festival's highest honor, the Golden Lion Award, on Saturday. The Silver Lion Award, the prize for directing, went to Paul Thomas Anderson for "The Master," while the film's stars, Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, shared the best acting honors. Hadas Yaron won the actress award for her role in the Israeili film "Fill the Void. " "I put my suit on in the bathroom, so please don't judge," Hoffman told the assembled reporters and photographers.
September 6, 2012 |
The 69th Venice Film Festival is underway in Italy, and all eyes are on the red carpet. Kristin Scott Thomas turned heads in a silk, paisley print dress from the Giambattista Valli resort 2013 collection; Winona Ryder appeared statuesque in a black lace Dolce & Gabbana gown; and Naomi Watts looked radiant in a beige Marchesa frock at the opening ceremony. High fashion is taking center stage at the festival, but the stars are getting style nods...
August 29, 2012 |
The Venice Film Festival opens Wednesday, unofficially kicking off Oscar season with a slimmed-down lineup that will provide a first look at a number of high-profile titles, including Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Terence Malick's "To the Wonder. " Alberto Barbera, who ran the event from 1998 to 2002, is returning as director for the 69th edition of the festival. This year, 18 films are in competition, five fewer than last year, along with 60 world premieres and 21 titles directed by women.
July 26, 2012 |
Brian De Palma's thriller "Passion" and Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" are among the 18 movies that will compete for the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion award this year, organizers said Thursday. This year's lineup is slimmed from previous showcases for what creative director Alberto Barbera said should be easier viewer digestion. Sixty films, including 50 world premieres, will be shown at the festival, from Aug. 26 to Sept. 8. Recent festivals have screened upward of 100 films, with as many as 24 in competition.
July 13, 2012 |
With a recent increase in violent crime, Port of Spain, Trinidad, isn't one of the easier places to direct a movie. You might be in the middle of filming a scene and from out of nowhere overly vigilant cops draw their guns and chase one of your actors. Shaun Escayg knows these perils firsthand. When the Trinidadian-born filmmaker was shooting a scene in Port of Spain for his new short, “Fish,” he was startled to see his actor pursued by law enforcement officials, who had mistaken a scripted robbery for the real thing.
September 8, 2011 |
At one point in Steven Soderbergh's pandemic thriller "Contagion," Dr. Ally Hextall (Jennifer Ehle) gave herself an injection in such a rush that she doesn't even roll up her pants. Dr. Ian Lipkin, one of the film's science advisors, took one look at the scene and started, well, needling the filmmakers. "They tried to persuade me that it was OK — that she's in a real hurry," said Lipkin, the director of Columbia University's Center for Infection and Immunity. "And I said, 'No, no, she's not in that much of a hurry.'" At Lipkin's urging, Soderbergh reshot the sequence.