Joe Dante’s ‘The Hole’ wins Venice 3-D award

Posted by · 4:01 am · September 12th, 2009

The HoleI missed yesterday’s screening of Joe Dante’s kiddie horror film “The Hole” — and hardly regret it, having caught Tom Ford’s “A Single Man” instead — so I can offer little commentary to the news that the film has won the festival’s inaugural Persol 3-D Award.

The prize, determined by judges Scott Foundas, Dave Kehr and Nadia Ranocchi, is given to the film that “best explores (the) new cinematic frontier” of 3-D.

It’s a fairly obvious winner, given that it was the only official Venice selection on the nominee list, which included such formidable challengers as “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D.”

Some expected “Up” to win, though another Venice award for Pixar — for a film that wasn’t particularly tailored to the technology anyway — would have been overkill.

Anyway, congratulations to Dante … after reading Variety’s pan of the film, some good news must be welcome.

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  • 1 9-12-2009 at 7:56 am

    A.J said...

    So the award is for the best technology not for the best film that happens to use 3D

  • 2 9-12-2009 at 7:59 am

    red_wine said...

    I think you were right when you wrote about the introduction of this award. It just seems such a throw-away petty award. The win, I believe, is gonna do nothing for the movie’s fortunes. And nobody’s gonna see a movie only because its 3D.

    But I would say I’m somewhat surprised. I’ve heard in more than 1 quarter than Coraline represents one of the best uses of 3D ever, many have said the best(wouldn’t know, as I’ve only seen it in 2D). But the jury seems ill-equipped to actually judge 3D and the award feels completely random. I’d say, scrap it.

  • 3 9-12-2009 at 2:40 pm

    Rob said...

    I just came from the first public TIFF screening of this at the Ryerson theatre. 10 minutes in, the digital projector froze. We waited another 15 for it to start back up again.

    Then, with about 20 minutes left in the film, the fire alarm went off, everyone had to exit the theater and volunteers told us “the film will not be resuming, but hold onto your tickets. There will be an announcement on the website with what to do with them.”

    What a shitshow.