Best of The Venice International Film Fest

Posted 9 years ago by myetvmedia

The Venice Film Festival, one of the most prestigious and venerable film festivals, set on the sumptuous Venice Lido, kicks off the official launch of the international film festival season. This is the only place in the world that can offer such a setting. Glamorous yachts glide along the Grand canal. Gondolas sweep along interior waterways, under arched bridges, past famous hotels and up to the historic Excelsior Hotel boat landing. The stars are swept along by the press galleries to the click of cameras, down an open air red carpet lined with an excited public and into the Palazzo del Cinema di Venezia.

Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), a film vying for the Golden Lion, opens this year’s festival. The director Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Babel, Biutiful) is a Venice Festival veteran. His movie 21 Grams won the Colpa Volpi (Best Actor) for Sean Penn in 2003. Iñárritu has 2 previous Oscar nominations along with multiple other international awards. Birdman has an outstanding ensemble cast including Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. Coincidence or not, last year’s opening film Gravity, also from a Mexican director, Alfonso Cuaron, swept up multiple international awards, winning 7 Oscars, 4 BAFTA’s and a Golden Globe.

The Venice Festival has modernized and added The Venice Film Market. Now in its 2nd year it includes the workshop FINAL CUT IN VENICE (in collaboration with the Festival International du Film d’Amiens and the Festival International de Films de Fribourg). The Lineup for Venezia14 features movies from 39 countries, selected from 3,377 viewed film submissions. With the 71st Venice Film Festival about to begin Aug. 27 – Sept. 6th, here’s a look back at the highlights from 2013.

Gravity, Sandra Bullock gave one of her finest performances in a movie that swept us into the utter loneliness of outer space.

12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen’s graphic tale of slavery launched Lupita Nyong as an international celebrity.

Philomena, Judi Dench gave a superb, heart wrenching performance in a story inspired by the real Philomena, a young Irish mother, who would search a lifetime for her stolen child.

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