Venice film festival 2020

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Mandibles review – bizarre giant-fly comedy runs out of sugar
It’s a truly daft idea, but Quentin Dupieux’s film about a pair of robbers who try to train a giant insect doesn’t quite go the distance

Xan Brooks

17, Sep, 2021 @10:37 AM

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The Disciple review – Indian classical musician sings a lonely tune
Years of adherence to stringent rules leave a performer at odds with society in this melancholy film from India’s first Venice competitor for two decades

Xan Brooks

01, May, 2021 @9:47 AM

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Winners by default? Where this year's Oscar race stands
After fall festivals unveiled slim line-ups, the next few months remain difficult to predict with the pandemic still changing release schedules

Benjamin Lee

22, Sep, 2020 @7:18 AM

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Venice film festival 2020 roundup – against all the odds, a triumph
The hot ticket was a Pedro Almodóvar short – but who will most impress Cate Blanchett’s Golden Lion jury?

Jonathan Romney

12, Sep, 2020 @3:00 PM

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And Tomorrow the Entire World review – German antifa drama skewers left and right
Julia von Heinz’s film brings current conflicts to Venice, as a law student in an anti-fascist group finds everyone is compromised

Xan Brooks

10, Sep, 2020 @2:45 PM

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Venice in the age of Covid: ‘The promise of tragedy might be the festival’s USP’
From Death in Venice to Don’t Look Now, the city has always been a melancholy, haunted place, but the desire for culture and socialising could triumph over this year’s very real fear

Xan Brooks

10, Sep, 2020 @12:26 PM

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Sun Children review – Iranian street kids strike gold
Majid Majidi’s cast of young toughs digging for treasure under a school deliver a heart-rending story with unexpected depth of emotion

Xan Brooks

08, Sep, 2020 @12:27 PM

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Hopper/Welles review – fascinating, exasperating home movie of a drunken evening
Intriguing but long-winded, this restored relic from 1970 reveals the two directors holding forth on everything from sex to Elvis

Xan Brooks

08, Sep, 2020 @11:50 AM

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The Furnace director: stories of Australia's cameleers 'felt like a huge historic omission'
Roderick MacKay hopes his film, which premiered at Venice, can trigger new interest in modern Australia’s complex and brutal history

Lanre Bakare in Venice

08, Sep, 2020 @7:01 AM

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One Night in Miami review – a pivotal moment for black America
Regina King’s movie puts Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke in a hotel room together in 1964. The result is immensely watchable

Jonathan Romney

07, Sep, 2020 @8:00 PM

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Regina King makes history at Venice film festival with One Night in Miami
King’s directorial debut is the first film directed by an African-American woman to be selected in the festival’s history

Lanre Bakare in Venice

07, Sep, 2020 @5:02 PM

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Dear Comrades review – Konchalovsky wrong-foots us with humour and horror
The Russian film-maker’s gripping account of a workers’ strike and the massacre that followed has a jaunty tone that undercuts the grim subject matter

Xan Brooks

07, Sep, 2020 @2:30 PM

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