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Venice Film Festival

'The Homesman': Movie Review

Philip David Morton | Posted 12.04.2014 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

There are no spoilers here as you'll get no more of the plot from me. You don't need it. The spacious profound power of the old west was the majestic emptiness and silence.

Best of Abu Dhabi: Aditya Vikram Sengupta's Labour of Love

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.22.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

To describe Labour of Love would prove a personal labor in futility. But what I can say is that it is a film richly shot, beautifully written and acted so organically, I simply felt overwhelmed by its message for days after viewing it.

Best of Venice: With Tsili Amos Gitai Explains Survival in a Desperate Universe

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Among the greatest of teachers, I personally hold Amos Gitai in a top position. His work -- such as his latest masterpiece Tsili -- is insightful, groundbreaking, thought-provoking, strong, full of emotions and always entertaining. The best example of cinema with a conscience.

Best of Venice: Nabat, Because Paradise Lies Beneath a Woman's Feet

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.11.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

The story of Nabat is about much more than what we're told on the big screen. It's the story of all mothers, of all women who long for a place, and simply cannot let go of it.

Best of Venice: Ghesseha, Iranian Tales That Have Found a Way to Be Told

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.10.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I found Ghesseha touching, insightful, romantic in parts, jarring in others, but always human. I could connect to the characters, I found my body tense up during confrontations, relax at the resolutions, and love.

Best of Venice: Theeb Takes the World by (Sand) Storm

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.08.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Theeb is a jewel, deserving of its Orizzonti Award for Best Director prized to Naji Abu Nowar in Venice and more. But Theeb is also the kind of film that grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go.

Best of Venice: 'Words with Gods', Finding the Divine Within Our Imperfections

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.07.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

If there is a lesson to be learned from the nine short films that blend to create the magnificent Words with Gods it is that organized religion is not the most direct way to communicate with our higher being.

Best of Venice: Talking Melbourne With Payman Maadi and Nima Javidi

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.05.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Don't come to Melbourne expecting over-the-top displays to deal with the tragedy at hand. The film is perfect for those of us who recognize that most of life, even in moments of drama, is lived in shades of grey, not black and white.

Al Pacino Gets His Own Washed-Up Actor Movie

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.04.2014 | Entertainment

Al Pacino plays a washed-up, suicidal actor who falls for a young lesbian (Greta Gerwig) as she vows to give up women in "The Humbling," Barry Levinso...

The Venice Diaries: Amos Gitai, What Is a Celebrity and the (Attempted) Murder of Italian Cinema

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Perhaps if we lifted our collective eyes away from Twitter and Instagram, we would discover that great cinema celebrities are right here among us all.

The Venice Diaries: Words With Gods (of Cinema) and the Political Outcry Behind Villa Touma

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.01.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Out of these troubled "my god is better than your god" times, rises an incredible film, premiered at this year's Venice Film Festival, out of competition.

The Venice Diaries: Theeb, How the World Will End, and There's an App for That!

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.29.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Would you use an app that sends a message to other users in the area so they could go break up with your boyfriend, or propose to your sweetheart? Well, artist/filmmaker and writer Miranda July thinks you should.

The Venice Diaries: Kicking Off With a Bang, and a Birdman

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.28.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

While most girls dream of interviewing George Clooney, I have always wanted to sit across from actor Payman Maadi, from the Oscar-winning Iranian film A Separation.

Helping to Create a New Spectator: Giorgio Gosetti of Venice Days

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.25.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

To me, Giorgio Gosetti represents Venice. The quiet, understated elegance of the oldest, most prestigious and open to all, film festival in the world.

Faust: A Film for the Ages

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Corinna Clendenen

Faust- mein Gott! The story's still kicking! Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's classic has been produced yet again, this time in cinematic form, in a film that is as wondrous as it is strange.

(R)evolution at the Venice Biennale: Jungian Visions, Floating Time & the Holy Grail Revive Italy as a Leader of Global Culture

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 11.16.2013 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

Cruising to the Lido in Venice, I passed daily between two iconic sights that challenge the splendor of the eternal city...

The Best of the Venice Film Festival

Frank Mannion | Posted 11.08.2013 | Entertainment
Frank Mannion

The Venice Film Festival usually produces a couple of films that go on to Oscar glory. In the past it has been the launchpad for Academy darlings, Brokeback Mountain, Black Swan and The Wrestler.

Best of Venice: Amos Gitai's Ana Arabia

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.27.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

In his latest masterpiece, Amos Gitai manages to take his audience to a world where we can all coexist and do it with patience, understanding and a grand dose of love. When a film can do that, it's not only a cinematic success, but a miracle.

Best of Venice: Richie Mehta Talks Siddharth

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.27.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Few filmmaker know how to show India in its most infuriatingly realistic, yet powerfully poetic light. Richie Mehta does it and his work has fascinated me, ever since I watched in 2008 his film Amal.

Best of Venice: Class Enemy and the Tragedy of Generational Misunderstanding

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.27.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

The film struck me in its brilliance, perhaps because it steers clear of taking sides. At times I felt for Robert, at others I utterly hated his character, particularly in a scene when he emotionally humiliates a fellow, female, teacher.

Scarlett Johansson STUNS In Venice

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.04.2013 | Celebrity

Jaws surely dropped when Scarlett Johansson hit the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival Tuesday. Johansson looked gorgeous in a c...

Best of Venice: Cherien Dabis Talks May in the Summer

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.27.2014 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Where Amreeka dealt with the Arab-ness of Faour's character as being "the Other," May in the Summer brilliantly shows the challenges of being American, even Arab-American, in the Arab world.

Coppola Granddaughter A Director Too

AP | PATRICIA THOMAS | Posted 11.02.2013 | Entertainment

VENICE, Italy — First-time director Gia Coppola says she is trying to find her own voice as a filmmaker, so she didn't seek much help from eithe...

Legendary Director Announces Retirement

AP | Posted 11.01.2013 | Entertainment

VENICE, Italy -- Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki's animation studio says `'The Wind Rises," in competition at the Venice Film Festival, will be ...

'Night Moves' Premieres At Venice

AP | COLLEEN BARRY | Posted 11.01.2013 | Entertainment

Associated Press — Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, for the sake of her dog, drives back and forth between her New York home and the Oregonian l...