[2011] VENICE MOSTRA – “A dangerous method”

Reporting from the 68th Mostra

Costume dramas and fairy tales set the tone for the opening days of the 68th Venice Film Festival. David Cronenberg’s hotly awaited “A Dangerous Method,” details the collaboration and rivalry between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud and set on the eve of World War One. “A Dangerous Method” arrived on day three of the festival and has been one of the stronger entries in the 22-film-strong main ... more >

Venice Film Festival

A look at this year's Mostra

Let's have a look at the amazing line-up for this year's Biennale. I took a friend and his girlfriend to lunch today and we were talking about the strange timing of these various major film festivals. Cannes is in a bit of a strange month because May is a strange month for films to be released. Basically, if the year overall has been stuffed to the gills with good movies then Cannes will have a ... more >

Marisa in Venice

Who loves Marisa Tomei? We do.

The beautiful Marisa Tomei will be starring opposite George Clooney and Ryan Gosling in "Ides of March," which will premiere at the next Venice Mostra. ... more >

Clooney gears up for Mostra

Lock away your drip-coffee machines

Venice is gearing up for its 68th Mostra, scheduled to run from August 31 to September 10 and opening with George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” in competition. The film, based on the play “Farragut North” by Beau Willimon, is the timely story of a U.S. governor, the democrat Mike Morris, running for president. George Clooney plays the candidate. Along for the ride are Ryan Gosling—whose rosy ... more >

Americans cause hoopla at Venice

Top Italian journalist laments raid on prizes

In a noted moment of chutzpah the Italian press, led by Paolo Mereghetti (pictured), has been up in arms about the American raid on the most consequential awards at the Venice Biennale with Sofia Coppola winning for “Somewhere” and Monte Hellman for “Road to nowhere.” I admit, I knew that neither film was a shoo-in for the top nods, especially with the wealth of prime cinema on the Lido this ... more >