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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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Drafthouse and Participant Media Pick Up 'Act of Killing' Follow-Up 'Look of Silence' Before Venice Debut

Ahead of its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, Austin-based Drafthouse Films and Participant Media are picking up U.S. rights to Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Look of Silence," the director's follow-up to Oscar-nominated "The Act of Killing," which Drafthouse also released. "The Look of Silence" continues the story of Indonesian survivors begun by "The Act of Killing." The film explores the Indonesian genocide and legacy from the point-of-view of one male victim as he chases down his brother's killers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 27, 2014 1:44 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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EXCLUSIVE: Watch the Trailer for Chinese Kidnapping Drama 'Dearest,' Bound for Toronto & Venice

Director/producer Peter Ho-Sun Chan is a leading figure in the Asian film industry. His new feature "Dearest," the intense followup to 2013's "American Dreams in China," centers on the true story of a divorced couple whose three-year-old goes suddenly missing. Watch the trailer, exclusive to TOH!, here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 22, 2014 2:03 PM
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WATCH: Four Clips from Amos Gitai's New Venice Fest Film 'Tsili' (VIDEO)

Last month, we noted that the Venice International Film Festival had landed several big-item world premieres, among them Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman." Also world-premiering in Venice next week is "Tsili," the new film from Israeli auteur Amos Gitai. Watch four clips from Amos Gitai's new Venice Fest film "Tsili."
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 18, 2014 2:26 PM
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Two Auteur Docs Play Venice Classics, on Bogdanovich and Penn

I look forward indeed to two documentary tributes to two great American directors that are playing La Biennale di Venezia in the Venice Classics section: "One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & The Lost American Film," the first documentary from Bill Teck, and "Mise en scène with Arthur Penn (a conversation)" by Amir Naderi.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2014 5:09 PM
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Laika Unveiling 'The Boxtrolls' at Venice

Laika. The people behind 2009's "Coraline" and 2012's "Paranorman" will soon make their return with "The Boxtrolls." Ahead of their September 26 release, Focus Features will have it premiere at this year's Venice International Film Festival, screening out of competition.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 24, 2014 9:37 PM
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Which World Premieres Did Venice Land?

The Venice world premieres include many films bound for Telluride and/or Toronto, including new work from indies David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol, Barry Levinson, and Abel Ferrara.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 24, 2014 1:46 PM
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How Did 'Birdman,' 'Gone Girl,' 'Inherent Vice' and 'Imitation Game' Land Key Fall Festival Slots?

Everyone in Hollywood reads the industry tea leaves, the probable truth behind every announcement and its attendant spin. As the awards season takes shape, three major releases are jockeying for position: "Gone Girl," "Inherent Vice" and "Birdman." The Hollywood studios, indie distributors, Oscar campaigners and strategists were pushing the New York Film Festival (September 26 - October 12) for their awards hopefuls, wanting to land a coveted gala slot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2014 3:33 PM
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Venice Film Festival Awards Golden Lions to Thelma Schoonmaker and Frederick Wiseman

The Venice International Film Festival, now celebrating its 71st birthday, has named film editor Thelma Schoonmaker and film director Frederick Wiseman as recipients of the Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 18, 2014 3:03 PM
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