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FNE at Venice 2017: FNE TV: This year Venice Film Festival became the first film festival to hold a competition for Virtual Reality films and VR even had its own island in the laguna, where VR fans and creators could meet to experience the latest in VR technologies and present their new projects.

VENICE: FNE asked Mariya Gabriel about the future of the Creative Europe MEDIA programme, which is now under consideration and how European Cultural Security can help to secure the Europe of the future.

VENICE: FNE spoke to Michal Bregant Director of Czech National Film Archives about the selection of Cerny Petr / Black Peter (Czechoslovakia, 1963) directed by Milos Forman for Venice Classics section of this year’s festival and why there is an increasing interest in restored classics at international film festivals.

VENICE: The Golden Lion, the top prize of the 74 Venice Film Festival went to Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. The top prize in the Orizzonti section went to Nico, 1988 (Italy, Belgium) directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli.

Director Lily Amirpour follows up her hit first film the vampire thriller A Girl Walks Home with The Bad Batch which screens in competition in Venice. 

Director and writer Tom Ford once again shows himself to be a master of visual style in this haunting romantic thriller Nocturnal Animals that screens in the main competition in Venice with an exploration of the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption the startles with a plot of twists and turns, violence and beauty. 

Director Oren Moverman returns to Berlin with his competition entry The Dinner boasting star power that includes Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Hall.  Born in Tel Aviv the US based director and screenwriter has a prestigious track record as both. 

Director Todd Haynes scores a slot in the Cannes competition line-up with this seventh feature Wonderstruck based on author Brian Selznick’s critically acclaimed 2011 epic fable for children.  Selznick is also known as a children’s book illustrator and the Haynes film follows in this groove with the main fascination of the film being its striking visuals. Selznick also wrote the screenplay for the film.

Director Sofia Coppola has decided to do a remake of director Don Siegel’s Civil War made more than 40 years ago that starred Clint Eastwood. The decision is a strange one and the result is Beguiled a film that succeeds on some fronts but not on others.

FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Venice Film Festival to rate the films in the Main Competition, Orizzonti, Venice Days and Critics giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars.