Thoughts on the Venice winners

Posted by · 5:51 pm · September 12th, 2009

Okay, so I was mainly off the mark. When it comes to guessing festival awards, I usually am. But at the same time, few of the selections revealed tonight by Ang Lee’s jury at the closing ceremony of the Venice Film Festival really surprise me. It was clear that Samuel Maoz’s “Lebanon” would walk away […]

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‘Lebanon’ wins Venice’s Golden Lion

Posted by · 1:01 pm · September 12th, 2009

Guy will comment further on these winners later, but for now, just the facts: INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY Golden Lion: “Lebanon” (Samuel Maoz) Silver Lion (Best Director): “Women Without Men” (Shirin Neshat) Grand Jury Prize: “Soul Kitchen” (Fatih Akin) Best Actor: Colin Firth, “A Single Man” Best Actress: Ksenia Rappoport, “The Double Hour” Marcello Mastroianni Prize […]

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VENICE: ‘Mr. Nobody,’ ‘Lola’

Posted by · 5:55 am · September 11th, 2009

The Lido finish line beckons, as this morning saw the press screening of the final film in Competition, Tom Ford’s “A Single Man.” Ford’s debut (which I’ll deal with in a separate Short Take) surpassed my expectations, completing a slight upswing in the standard of films on display that began with yesterday’s second Surprise Film […]

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The five Venice titles I’m most curious to see

Posted by · 7:20 pm · September 1st, 2009

At the crack of dawn, I board a flight to Italy — so this time tomorrow, if all goes well, I’ll be writing to you from the water-riven city of Venice after having attended a festival screening of John Hillcoat’s “The Road.” It’s both my first visit to the city and my first taste of […]

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