Venice International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Venice International Film Festival
SINCE: 1932
WHERE: Venice, Italy
WEBSITE: www.labiennale.org
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The Venice Biennale has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Established in 1895, the Biennale has an attendance today of over 370,000 visitors at the Art Exhibition.

Director Brian De Palma to be Honored at Venice International Film Festival

Director Brian De Palma to be Honored at Venice International Film Festival

Director Brian De Palma will receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2015 Award, dedicated to personalities who have made particularly original contributions to contemporary cinema, at the upcoming Venice International Film Festival. Regarding this award, the Director of the Festival Alberto Barbera declared, “The child of an artistic era (the ‘70s) full of innovative ferment, Brian De Palma has made a name for himself as one of the most skillful directors in constructing perfect […]

Documentary WINTER ON FIRE: UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM to Debut on Netflix After Premiere at Venice Film Fest

Documentary WINTER ON FIRE: UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM to Debut on Netflix After Premiere at Venice Film Fest

The documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, will debut on Friday, October 9, 2015 exclusively on Netflix, after making its world premiere at the 72nd Venice Film Festival in September. Chronicling events that unfolded over 93 days in 2013 and 2014, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom witnesses the formation of a new civil rights movement in Ukraine. What started as peaceful student demonstrations supporting European integration morphed into a full-fledged violent […]

BLACK MASS starring Johnny Depp to World Premiere at 72nd Venice International Film Festival | TRAILER

BLACK MASS starring Johnny Depp to World Premiere at 72nd Venice International Film Festival | TRAILER

Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated drama Black Mass, directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) will world premiere in out-of-competition at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.  The film stars Johnny Depp as notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, along with an acclaimed ensemble cast including Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, and Kevin Bacon. Black Mass will screen on Friday September 4th 2015 in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo […]

72nd Venice Film Festival Unveils Official Film Lineup

72nd Venice Film Festival Unveils Official Film Lineup

The 72nd Venice International Film Festival, organized by la Biennale di Venezia, held on the Lido of Venice from September 2nd to September 12th, 2015, unveiled the official film lineup. The Official Selection includes the sections Venezia 72, Out of Competition, Orizzonti, and Venice Classics, as well as the three feature films in the project, Biennale College – Cinema.  The Independent and Parallel Sections include the SIC – International Critics’ Week, and the Giornate degli […]

EVEREST Starring Jake Gyllenhaal to Open 72nd Venice Film Festival | TRAILER

EVEREST Starring Jake Gyllenhaal to Open 72nd Venice Film Festival | TRAILER

Everest, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, has been selected as the opening film, out of Competition, of the 72nd Venice Film Festival taking place September 2nd to 12th 2015. The world premiere of Everest will be screened on September 2 in the Sala Grande theatre (Palazzo del Cinema) at the Lido. Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions […]

Birdman Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton to Open 71st Venice Film Festival | TRAILER

Birdman Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton to Open 71st Venice Film Festival | TRAILER

birdman or the unexpected virtue of ignorance 

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful), starring Michael Keaton, has been selected as the opening film of the 71st Venice Film Festival (August 27th – September 6th 2014). Along with Michael Keaton the film also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. 

Official Awards of 70th Venice Film Festival; SACRO GRA by Gianfranco Rosi Wins Golden Lion for Best Film | VIDEO

Official Awards of 70th Venice Film Festival; SACRO GRA by Gianfranco Rosi Wins Golden Lion for Best Film | VIDEO

Gianfranco Rosi was awarded the GOLDEN LION for Best Film for SACRO GRA at the 70th Venice Film FestivalGianfranco Rosi was awarded the GOLDEN LION for Best Film for SACRO GRA at the 70th Venice Film Festival

The documentary SACRO GRA by Gianfranco Rosi (Italy, France) was awarded the GOLDEN LION for Best Film at the 70th Venice Film Festival, and the GRAND JURY PRIZE went to JIAOYOU  by Tsai Ming-liang (Chinese Taipei, France).  In SACRO GRA, Gianfranco Rosi travelled over two years in a minivan and filmed life on Rome’s giant ring road—the Grande Raccordo Anulare, or GRA, to discover the invisible worlds and possible futures harbored in this area of constant turmoil.

WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL? by Sono Sion Among 15 Films from 70th Venice International Film Festival to Screen Online

WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL? by Sono Sion Among 15 Films from 70th Venice International Film Festival to Screen Online

JIGOKU DE NAZE WARUI (WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?) by Sono SionJIGOKU DE NAZE WARUI (WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?) by Sono Sion

12 feature-length films from the Orizzonti section and 3 feature-length films from the brand-new Biennale College – Cinema from the 70th Venice International Film Festival will be available online as part of the Web Theatre program, at the same time as they are screening at the festival which runs 28 August – 7 September 2013.

7 Films Selected to Compete in 28th Venice International Film Critics’ Week

7 Films Selected to Compete in 28th Venice International Film Critics’ Week

L’Armée du salut (SALVATION ARMY) by Abdellah TaïaL’Armée du salut (SALVATION ARMY) by Abdellah Taïa

Nine films, including seven in competition, have been selected for the 28th Venice International Film Critics’ Week,  August 28 through Sept. 7, 2013. The seven films in competition are eligible for two awards – RaroVideo Audience Award and the USD$100,000 Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for a Debut Film. The week of screenings will open with world premiere of the Italian film L’arte della felicità (THE ART OF HAPPINESS) by Alessandro Rak and close with International Premiere of the Chilean film Las analfabetas (ILLITERATE) by Moisés Sepúlveda.

Paul Schrader, Shekhar Kapur Among 70 Filmmakers to Make Short Films to Celebrate 70th Venice International Film Festival

Paul Schrader, Shekhar Kapur Among 70 Filmmakers to Make Short Films to Celebrate 70th Venice International Film Festival

Director Paul Schrader at 44th Karlovy Vary International Film FestivalDirector Paul Schrader at 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Paul Schrader, Shekhar Kapur, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul are amont 70 movie directors from all over the world invited to make a short film lasting between 60 and 90 seconds, for a special project, Venezia 70 – Future Reloaded, in celebration of the 70th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 – September 7, 2013).

Venice International Film Festival Names New Directors

Venice International Film Festival Names New Directors

The new Board of La Biennale di Venezia, the organization behind the Venice International Film Festival, chaired by Paolo Baratta and composed of Giorgio Orsoni (Vice-President), Luca Zaia, Francesca Zaccariotto and Emmanuele Francesco Maria Emanuele, met for the first time on 27th December 2011 in the Biennale offices at Ca’ Giustinian and appointed the Directors of the Architecture and Cinema sectors. David Chipperfield was named Director of the Architecture Sector with the specific responsibility of […]

Damsels in Distress to close 68th Venice International Film Festival

Damsels in Distress to close 68th Venice International Film Festival

Damsels in Distress, the new comedy film from American director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco) is the Closing night film (Out of Competition) at the 68th Venice International Film Festival to run August 31 thru September 10, 2011. Damsels in Distress, written, produced and directed by Whit Stillman, stars Greta Gerwig, Carrie MacLemore, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Analeigh Tipton, Hugo Becker, Ryan Metcalf, and Billy Magnussen. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics and produced […]

Official Line-up of the 68th Venice Film Festival

Official Line-up of the 68th Venice Film Festival

The official line-up of the 68th Venice Film Festival was announced earlier today Thursday July 28th. The official selection of the festival includes the sections, Venezia 68 (In Competition), Out of Competition, Orizzonti and Controcampo Italiano, alongide a retrospective section and two autonomous sections (International Critics’ Week and Venice Days). The 68th Venice International Film Festival will take place from August 31st to September 10, 2011. In addition to George Clooney’s “The Ides of March”, […]

George Clooney’s New Film, The Ides of March, to open 68th Venice International Film Festival

George Clooney’s New Film, The Ides of March, to open 68th Venice International Film Festival

The Ides of March, the new film written & directed by George Clooney, will be the opening film – in Competition – at the 68th Venice International Film Festival scheduled to take place from August 31st to September 10, 2011. Based on Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North, screenplay written by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, The Ides of March is set in the near future, in the world of American politics during […]

Darren Aronofsky, director of The Wrestler and Black Swan, to chair International Jury for 2011 Venice International Film Festival

Darren Aronofsky, director of The Wrestler and Black Swan, to chair International Jury for 2011 Venice International Film Festival

Oscar nominated American director, producer and screenwriter Darren Aronofsky (director/screenwriter  of the opening film of the 67th Venice Film Festival, Black Swan, and winner of the 2008 Golden Lion for The Wrestler) will be the president of the International Jury for the Competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival (August 31 – September 10 2011). The International Jury will award the Golden Lion and the other official prizes. Darren Aronofsky recently directed Black Swan, […]