Venice film festival 2019

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J-Lo for the win? Taking an early look at Oscars 2020 frontrunners
The major fall festivals are now over, giving us a clearer idea of which stars might find themselves prepping an acceptance speech for February

Benjamin Lee

16, Sep, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Send in the crowns: in trumping Venice competition, Joker begins grand slam | Xan Brooks
The victory for Todd Phillips’s revisionist comic book blockbuster is a credit to a festival in touch with crazed politics, contemporary paranoia – and superb cinema

Xan Brooks

07, Sep, 2019 @9:53 PM

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Venice film festival: shock and awe as Joker – and Roman Polanski – triumph
Comic book movie starring Joaquin Phoenix takes top award and An Officer and a Spy wins grand jury prize

Staff and agencies

07, Sep, 2019 @7:56 PM

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Venice film festival 2019 roundup: shocks, horrors and dark jokers
Social media controversies may have overshadowed the actual buzz, but this year’s programme still held many surprises

Jonathan Romney

07, Sep, 2019 @3:00 PM

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Cold war experiments and storybook monsters - back to Venice's VR island
Now in its third year, the virtual reality section of the Venice Film Festival has become more mature and serious in its focus.

Xan Brooks

06, Sep, 2019 @4:53 PM

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Waiting for the Barbarians review – Johnny Depp turns up the heat in the desert
The arrival of merciless security officers shatters the peace in a remote colonial outpost in Ciro Guerra’s stately, horrific drama

Harry Windsor in Venice

06, Sep, 2019 @3:23 PM

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Moffie review – soldiers on the frontline of homophobia
Hidden passions add to the brutish hell of apartheid-era South African conscripts in Oliver Hermanus’s skilfully tense drama

Xan Brooks

04, Sep, 2019 @2:45 PM

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Guest of Honour review – David Thewlis grapples with sex, sin and dirty kitchens
Atom Egoyan’s cryptic drama about a man and his imprisoned daughter is a frustrating reminder of the director’s talents

Xan Brooks

04, Sep, 2019 @11:22 AM

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About Endlessness review – a divine comedy with moments of devilish wit
Lost souls and lonely hearts populate Roy Andersson’s deliciously odd follow-up to A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Xan Brooks

03, Sep, 2019 @6:15 PM

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The Painted Bird review – savage, searing three-hour tour of hell
Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel and Udo Kier star in this phantasmagorical horror about eastern Europe that saw half the Venice audience walk out. I couldn’t look away

Xan Brooks

03, Sep, 2019 @5:09 PM

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The King review – rogues' gallery of grunters and brawlers
Timothée Chalamet makes for a slight royal alongside Robert Pattinson’s French dauphin in this bruising adaptation of Shakespeare’s history plays

Xan Brooks

02, Sep, 2019 @8:00 PM

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Wasp Network review – Havana's shadow army fuels taut Cuban spy drama
Carlos director Oliver Assayas concocts an exciting and labyrinthine Miami-based thriller from a cold-war espionage story, co-starring Penélope Cruz

Xan Brooks in Venice

02, Sep, 2019 @4:19 PM

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