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Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: 'Tracks,' Starring Mia Wasikowska

On the heels of Venice's opening-night film "Gravity" comes another dramatic tale of female isolation and empowerment in one of the most inhospitable environments imaginable. Adapted from Robyn Davidson's memoir of the same name, "Tracks" is a vastly engaging chronicle of the author's 1700-mile journey across the Australian Outback in 1977 with her dog Diggity, four ornery camels and infinite clouds of dust, beginning in Alice Springs and ending at the Indian Ocean.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • August 29, 2013 9:35 AM
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WATCH: First Clip of Mia Wasikowska as Outback Adventurer Robyn Davidson in 'Tracks'

One of the many exciting premieres awaiting fall festival goers is John Curran's "Tracks," starring Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson, the real-life trail blazer who in 1977 at age 27 embarked on a 1700-mile journey across the Australian Outback with four camels and a dog. The film debuts at Venice and Toronto. Watch a first-look clip below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 26, 2013 2:30 PM
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Venice Film Festival Completes Out of Competition Section with 'Une Promesse,' Carrie Fisher Added to Jury

Lots of news out of Venice today. "Une Promesse," the new film by French filmmaker Patrice LeConte, will round out the Out of Competition section at the 70th festival, running August 28 through September 7. It stars Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman and Richard Madden. Additionally, actress, screenwriter and author Carrie Fisher will complete the international jury.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 8, 2013 11:46 AM
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Venice Film Festival Showcases Auteurs Miyazaki, Cuaron, Gilliam, Schrader, Frears, and Reichardt

The Venice Film Festival gets under way August 28 with Alfonso Cuaron's previously announced 3-D opener "Gravity," starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, and closes with Tierry Ragobert’s $20 million 3-D documentary “Amazonia."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 25, 2013 10:56 AM
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Venice Days Program of the Biennale Announces Lineup, Includes Films from the Safdie Brothers, Ava DuVernay and More

The tenth edition of the Venice Days program at the Venice International Film Festival unfolds from August 28 through September 7. Its lineup, consisting of 12 feature films, two shorts, three special events and two special screenings, focuses heavily but not exclusively on debuts. Included in this year's just-announced program are John Krokidas' "Kill Your Darlings," starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherien Dabis' "May in the Summer," Josh and Benny Safdie's "Lenny Cooke," and Ava DuVernay's short film "The Door." Full lineup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 23, 2013 12:34 PM
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'Web Theatre' Returns to Venice Film Festival, Makes Official Selection Films Available for Streaming Online

After being introduced as an experiment in last year's Venice International Film Festival, the Orizzonti section's Web Theatre returns. This virtual online theater screens a selection of films playing concurrently on the Lido, but made available to audiences around the world.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 17, 2013 2:39 PM
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Claudia Cardinale Guest of Honor for Venice Film Festival's Classic Film Lineup; Includes Rossellini, Renoir, Friedkin's 'Sorcerer' and More

Claudia Cardinale will be the guest host of Venezia Classici, the program devoted to classic film restorations, at the 70th Venice International Film Festival. This year's program includes Roberto Rossellini's "Paisan," Jean Renoir's "La bete humaine" and a Satyajit Ray program. (William Friedkin's "Sorcerer" was previously announced, and will open the series.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 15, 2013 1:15 PM
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Saudi Arabia's First Woman Director Haifaa Al Mansour Named Jury President of Debut Film Award at Venice Film Festival

Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia's first woman filmmaker whose debut feature "Wadjda" has been a hit on the festival circuit since last fall, has been named President of the International Jury for the "Luigi De Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film at the 70th Venice International Film Festival, running from August 28 through September 7.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 10, 2013 11:43 AM
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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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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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