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Venice Film Festival Diary: 'Black Souls,' "Heaven Knows What,' "Goodnight Mommy'

The dark days of Venice continue. It’s not easy starting your morning with a film called “Black Souls” but someone has to do it. Italian director Francisco Munzi’s tale of a Calabrian family embroiled in the mafia gave me a stomach ache, partly because of the sense of dread it successfully exported from the opening shot, and partly because it never quite achieves what it seems to be going for.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • September 1, 2014 6:20 AM
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Al Pacino Debuts in Venice Films from David Gordon Green and Barry Levinson

Can there be too much Al Pacino? Not in Venice, apparently, where he was the man of day three with two major films premiering – Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” and David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn.” But as much as I love the guy, after his two performances as old, sad, deranged men I was ready to kill myself and after the two press conferences I was ready to kill him.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • August 31, 2014 10:21 PM
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Things I Learned at Telluride's 'Apocalypse Now' Anniversary Screening

On the opening day of the 41st Telluride Film Festival, it was possible to spend several hours immersed in "Apocalypse Now", which received a special tribute, 35 years after its initial release in 1979.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 31, 2014 3:09 PM
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Best of the Week: Telluride, How Hollywood Lost Its Mojo, 15 Must-See Neo-Noirs & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 30, 2014 3:04 PM
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Oppenheimer's 'Look of Silence' & Seidl's 'In the Basement' Shock Venice

Two years ago, after the Berlinale premiere of Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” the audience sat silently, shocked and benumbed by what they’d seen. Thursday night’s public screening of his new film, “The Look of Silence,” brought a completely different kind of reaction to a nearly full Sale Grande: emotion.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • August 29, 2014 8:23 PM
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'Wild' Screens For the First Time on Telluride Opening Day (REVIEW)

The Telluride Film Festival opened with Reese Witherspoon hiking adventure "Wild," from the director of "Dallas Buyer's Club."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 29, 2014 7:57 PM
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Telluride Lands a Rich Program and Key World Premieres Ahead of Toronto

The Telluride Film Festival program unspooling over Labor Day weekend (August 29 - September 1) is choice, with 25 new features out of 85 feature films, short films and revivals from 28 countries. (Full program below.) Clearly, the festival did not lose the battle with the Toronto Film Festival. Venice got first dibs on the rapturously received "Birdman," "The Price of Fame," "The Look of Silence" and "99 Homes." And Open Road advance-screened its Telluride world premiere, Jon Stewart's debut film "Rosewater," for some critics (reviews here) which may not have been their best move.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2014 2:38 PM
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Workman Orson Welles Documentary Will Debut at Telluride

You can always count on a few cinephile documentaries to show at the Telluride Film Festival. This year Chuck Workman will debut his newest film "Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2014 12:50 PM
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Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Will Close Fantastic Fest

Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest has added Open Road's "Nightcrawler," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, as the closing night film to its already strong genre lineup in Austin.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 27, 2014 3:53 PM
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'Birdman' Debuts at Venice to Rave Reviews: "Savagely Sweet"

We're off to the races. Venice Film Festival opener "Birdman," from always-compelling Alejandro G. Inarritu, has earned raves from its first set of reviewers. I will participate in the next round, which is Telluride. (We'll know the official line-up Thursday.) The film closes the New York Film Festival in October.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 12:54 PM
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