VENICE: French director Jacques Audiard arrives in the Venice competition with the French, Belgian, Romanian, Spanish coproduction The Sisters Brothersan unusual take on the Western genre. The film is based on the novel by of the same name by Canadian author Patrick deWitt with a script co-authored by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain. It is also the first English language film by Audiard who scored critical acclaim with his previous films A Prophet, Dheepan andRust and Bone.

VENICE:American director Brady Corbet arrives in Venice in competition with his second film Vox Luxwhich is a more mature work in the same genre as his first film The Childhood of a Leader. Corbet is interested in examining key events that define their era using fictional characters the just could be modelled on unnamed real life historical figures that we already know.

GDYNIA: The winner of the 43. Polish Feature Film Festival held in Gdynia 17-22 September 2018 did not come as a surprise with Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War winning the Golden Lion for best film. The film’s producers Ewa Puszczyńska and Tanya Seghatchian shared the prize.

VENICE: Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón was awarded the top prize for his film Roma in the main competition of the 75th Venice Film Festival, which took place from 29 August to 8 September 2018. Romania, Bulgaria and Poland scored as coproducers of prize winning films.

Director Darren Aronofsky returns to the Lido with mother! in the main competition a film which he describes as having “poured out of him as a fevered dream.” The description is indeed apt and his vision has left both critics and Venice audiences a bit baffled as to what it all means, that is if it means anything at all.

The honourary Italian from Lake Como George Clooney is back on the Lido with a quirky film called Suburbicon with a script by the Coen brothers that he has amended to make it his own.

Director Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a much needed antidote to cynicism in an increasingly cynical world.  This may just be Del Toro’s best film in a decade with nothing compares to it since his 2006 Pan’s Labyrinth.

Director Paul Schrader joins a group of films in this year’s Venice Main Competition that are concerned with the destruction of our planet’s environment via greed and over-exploitation with his latest film First Reformed. Maybe they are trying to tell us something.

Actor Matt Damon might be in danger of over-exposure if such a thing were possible in today’s Hollywood.  The very much “in demand” actor appears as a leading character in two films screening in the main competition in Venice this year Alexander Payne’s Downsizing and George Clooney’s Suburbicom.Actor Matt Damon might be in danger of over-exposure if such a thing were possible in today’s Hollywood.  

VENICE: Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers, the first minority coproduction for Cristian Mungiu’s Mobra Films, and Sunset by Hungarian László Nemes, with Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov in the lead, were selected in Competition at the 75th Venice Film Festival. Another seven films from the central and eastern European region are screening in different sections of the festival that will take place from 29 August to 8 September 2018.

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