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Simone Massi Designs Venice Biennale Poster, Inspired by Fellini and Angelopoulos (VIDEO)

Animator/illustrator Simone Massi's poster for the 70th Venice International Film Festival, which is held at the Lido from August 28 to September 7, is inspired by the cinema of Theo Angelopoulos and Federico Fellini. The festival is directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 5, 2013 2:07 PM
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Il Cinema Ritrovato, Day Two: Chaplin's 'One A.M.,' Ophuls' 'Sans Lendemain,' Burt Lancaster and More

I thought after my first marvelous and exhilarating day, flowing like silk after 8 1/2 hours of sleep, that I had the festival wired and jet lag beaten. Alexander Payne! A 1936 German comedy set in New York! Lino Brocka's second film, beautifully restored! Delicious pasta!
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 3, 2013 12:49 PM
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Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' to Open the 70th Venice International Film Festival

As we predicted, Alfonso Cuaron's much anticipated sci-fi epic "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, will open the 70th Venice International Film Festival, running August 28 - September 7. The film will be out of competition.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 3, 2013 12:19 PM
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Soderbergh's 'Behind the Candelabra' Will Open France's Deauville American Film Festival

The Deauville American Film Festival, which takes place in northwestern France August 30-September 8, has selected Steven Soderbergh's HBO-produced Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" as the opening night film. The fest will also stage a tribute to producer Gale Anne Hurd.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 2, 2013 1:44 PM
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Frameline Film Festival 2013 Winners: 'Out in the Dark,' 'Concussion,' 'Big Joy' and More (TRAILERS)

Frameline, the world's longest running LGBT film festival, announced its 2013 winners for both audience and juried awards after wrapping up its 37th year this past Sunday. Among honorees are "Out in the Dark," "Concussion" and "Big Joy."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 1, 2013 9:11 PM
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Il Cinema Ritrovato: Alexander Payne Talks Influential Films, Cinephilia, Screenwriting and More

There were at least 16 different programs, including retrospectives devoted to Allan Dwan, Vittorio de Sica, and Chris Marker; the nine newly-restored Hitchcock silents; newly-restored Chaplin shorts; and a film a day from 1938-9 under the rubric "War is Near." Early Japanese talkies from the 30s. Czech films from the 60s. An hommage to Burt Lancaster, introduced by his daughter Joanna. A series devoted to European films in Cinemascope. And the cherry on a sundae, a free open-air screening of a choice restored film for several thousand people to cap every night at 10 p.m.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • July 1, 2013 12:35 PM
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Classic Cinema at Bologna, Perils of a Paulette, from 'Guilt Trip' to 'Vera Cruz'

It's time to head to the Pizza Maggiore to join more than a thousand people for a free outdoor screening of "Vera Cruz," the stunning Technicolor western directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Burt Lancaster, whose daughter Joanna charmingly introduces the film by narrating a slideshow of photographs of her exceedingly photogenic father. Il Cinema Ritrovato's artistic director, Peter von Bagh, compares the prescient and influential 1954 film to its successors, the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone and the brutal ones of Sam Peckinpah.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 29, 2013 10:21 PM
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Circling the Airfield: Why Stony Brook Film Festival Booked Plane Crash Doc 'TWA Flight 800'

The Stony Brook Film Festival in New York (July 18-27) is the quintessential local movie event. Its director, Alan Inkles, sells out all his screenings, every year, because he knows exactly who his audience is, what it likes and where it lives. Which is why "TWA Flight 800" was a no-brainer: The site where the flight in question went down -- or was shot down -- is not so many miles from the state university where his festival takes place.
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 29, 2013 11:00 AM
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Frameline Reviews: Sweet, Sincere 'G.B.F,' Riveting Human Rights Doc 'Born This Way,' AIDS Panic Drama 'Test' and More

The Frameline Film Festival wraps up this weekend in San Francisco with a fascinating array of docs and features about gay lives both closeted and open including the hilarious teen comedy "G.B.F." and gripping human rights doc "Born This Way."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 28, 2013 4:22 PM
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33rd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Life and Films Through a Jew(ish) Lens

Film festivals are just about perpetual temptations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The discerning filmgoer here has to pick and choose her obsessions. One of mine is the well-programmed, easily-accessible San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, running July 25 through August 12, whose 33rd annual program was just announced at its ritually haimishe press conference (Bagels n'schmear! Strong coffee! And fresh plums just plucked from one of the festival employee's tree!).
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 27, 2013 11:39 AM
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