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Venice Film Festival Artistic Director Explains Why 'Gone Girl' & 'Inherent Vice' Missed The Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 1:04 PM
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Gone Girl Ben Affleck
It's hard to believe, but in less than one month, the Venice Film Festival will kick off with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," launching both the fest season and the awards calendar all at once. And while it's certainly a high-profile movie, and a major get for the fest, it can't be denied that the two movies every festival organizer wants this year is David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice." And credit to New York Film Festival for snagging the World Premiere for both movies, but as you might guess, the reasons why they landed there versus Venice or Toronto or Telluride is complicated.

Venice First Look: Roy Andersson's 'A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence' Plus Synopsis & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2014 3:34 PM
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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Roy Andersson takes his time. In 2000, he made international waves with "Songs From The Second Floor," but it took seven more years for his next effort, "You, The Living," to arrive. And now, another seven years has passed and he's finally back and headed to Venice with "A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence."

Venice Trailer: Ron Mann's 'Altman' Plus New Pics From The Documentary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2014 2:54 PM
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Altman
The Venice Film Festival this year isn't just about debuting new films from acclaimed directors, but also appreciating the work of auteurs who have left us. And that's where "Altman" comes in.

Venice First Look: New Poster And Image For Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 8:13 AM
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Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut
How much more can you take? With the theatrical version of Lars von Trier's two part epic "Nymphomaniac" already sprawling over four hours, there's still his director's cut to contend with. The first volume of his uncensored vision debuted earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival (our review), and now volume two heads to Venice and a new image and hilarious poster have arrived.

Venice Trailer: Fatih Akin's 'The Cut' Starring Tahar Rahim Plus Official Synopsis And First Images

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 7:02 AM
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The Cut Tahar Rahim
Some slight waves were made earlier this year when Fatih Akin pulled his forthcoming "The Cut" from the Cannes Film Festival citing "personal reasons." So we figured the movie would wind up somewhere else on the 2014 fall festival slate, and indeed, it's now at Venice and the first trailer has arrive.

Venice First Look: Photos & Behind-The-Scenes Featurette From Joe Dante's 'Burying The Ex' With Anton Yelchin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2014 6:41 AM
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Burying The Ex, Joe Dante
Toronto unveiled their first wave of titles on Tuesday, and today it's Venice's turn, with the festival revealing what they'll be unspooling on the Lido. And as usual, it's an auteur heavy selection, but even we weren't expecting American horror legend Joe Dante to be given a slot. But it's a pleasant surprise.

Venice 2014 Line-Up: New Films By David Gordon Green, Ramin Bahrani, Andrew Niccol & Peter Bogdanovich

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 24, 2014 5:30 AM
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Venice 2014
It feels like film festival announcements get earlier and earlier every year. There's still a week of July left, and we've already had major announcements from TIFF, NYFF and even London and Tokyo (which don't happen until November, and will be opening with "The Imitation Game" and "Big Hero 6" respectively). But before any of those arrive, we've got the 71st Venice Film Festival, and after unveiling their big-ticket opener with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman," the rest of the line-up for the official competition was announced in Rome this morning.

Alejandro G. Inarritu's 'Birdman' Starring Michael Keaton & Emma Stone To Open 2014 Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 10, 2014 6:41 AM
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Birdman
The big three European festivals are Berlin, Cannes and Venice, and the openers for the first two of those lurched from the sublime to the ridiculous this year: Berlin nabbed Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" to kick off their fest, while Cannes was stuck with the clanging disaster of "Grace Of Monaco." Venice have kept their pick under wraps, until now, but fortunately, it should be closer to the Berlin pick in quality...

The Fall Festival 50: Our Wishlist For The Venice, Telluride And Toronto Film Festivals

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 30, 2014 3:48 PM
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2014: Fall Film Festival wishlist
So while the rest of the world, (pretty much literally, it seems) goes to see “Transformers: Abandon Hope” our choice is either to kvetch and moan and rend our clothes about the Death of Culture and People These Days, or to retreat into our nice comfy wheelhouse/padded cell, humming gently to ourselves, catching the odd fly and pretending the moviegoing public has not just awarded $300 million in 3 days to the worst tentpole of the year. And right now, the cowardly but sanity-protecting latter path is the one we’re going to pursue (though we reserve the right to kvetch etc. elsewhere). With June at its end and the days getting shorter, we’re looking down the road, beyond the unstoppable, all-devouring toy franchise behemoth that’s probably about to blot out the sun, toward the fall festival season, and the films that we expect, hope or surmise we might see at the big trio of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, or the lower-profile NYFF or AFI Fest in the unlikely event of us surviving the Summer.

Podcast: The Playlist Discusses The Festival Films Of Venice, Telluride & Toronto 2013

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • September 17, 2013 2:07 PM
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Podcast: Post Fall Film Festival
...and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and breaking his podcast duck, our British correspondent and writer Oliver Lyttelton, to talk festivals, specifically the Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride and Venice. We covered a large swath of films at both fests this year but on the show we focus specifically on "12 Years a Slave," (review here, interview here), "Under the Skin" (review here, interview here), "Gravity" (review here), "Joe" (review here), Denis Villeneuve's double dose of "Prisoners" and "Enemy," "Night Moves" "Rush" and "Dallas Buyers Club." Let us know in the comments what titles you're excited for and if you attended, what films you dug.

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