A film festival is one of the few places where you can take a trip around the world in the course of a day, without ever leaving a mall multiplex.
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The Venice Film Festival turned 70 this year, but the atmosphere on the Lido is far from being over-the-hill, more like fashionably casual and über-cool.
I understand why Susanne Bier's In a Better World won the foreign-language Oscar -- but I believe this was the better film.
Film festival programmers rarely create festivals full of films built around a single theme. Yet quite unintentionally, I spent Friday seeing five films that dealt with the idea of abandonment, reunion and reconciliation.
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