INTERVIEW: ‘The Double Hour’ director Giuseppe Capotondi

Posted by · 3:33 pm · May 3rd, 2011

With this year’s Cannes circus just a week away, now is as good a time as any to point out the strangely hobbled journey taken by so many festival films to our cinema screens. For all the concentrated media attention and occasional trophies lavished upon arthouse titles at Cannes, Sundance and the like, the festival […]

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Tornatore to represent Italy in Oscar race again

Posted by · 12:45 pm · September 29th, 2009

As the deadline for Best Foreign Language Film submissions looms on October 1, news of further entries keeps rolling in. Italy, Vietnam and Norway are the latest additions to the list, which presently numbers 54. (By my count, at least.) Italy’s selection is obviously the newsiest: the country’s 13 previous wins make it the leading […]

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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: ‘Soul Kitchen,’ ‘The Double Hour’

Posted by · 4:50 am · September 10th, 2009

Happily, the bug that kept me down yesterday seems to have flown on the wings of Nurofen and a night’s sleep, so I’m ready to face the Lido madness again.  As if sympathetic to my state, the Competition served up two relatively untaxing titles. Festival director Marco Müller made it clear that he was experimenting […]

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