|Press Room at the Venice Film Festival|
From an American point of view, a couple of interesting folks also on the jury were the avant-garde Renaissance woman, Laurie Anderson, who among her many claims to fame, was NASA's first artist-in-residence (!), and Josh Oppenheimer, best known for his documentaries The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence. The jury was cool.
|The Woman Who Left|
Go to Biennale for a complete list of all the awards.
In addition to stars, my ratings suggest the venue where you should see the film: Multiplex, Arthouse, Drive-in, Stream-it, or Someplace for Free.
Here are the 21 films I managed to see (whew), in the order in which I saw them:
|Emma Stone & Damien Chazelle|
|Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander|
|Jeremy Renner & Amy Adams|
|Les Beaux Jour d'Aranjuez|
5.***American Anarchist, directed by Charlie Siskel. A documentary about the late William Powell, who wrote The Anarchist's Cookbook, and who died suddenly two months ago on July 11, 2016 of a heart attack without seeing the film. After Siskel grilled Powell about accepting responsibility for all the terrorism inspired by the book, I wondered if Siskel had examined his own conscience about Powell's sudden death. It took a while, but finally Variety wrote a stern review with which I agree. Watch it at an ARTHOUSE or STREAM-IT
6. ****The Bleeder, directed by Phillipe Falardeau, starring Liev Schreiber, who also produced (it's his project), and Schreiber's, real-life wife, Naomi Watts. The Bleeder is a true story based on the life of boxer Chuck Wepner, who inspired Sly Stallone to write Rocky. Here is the Variety review. Since I grew up in New Jersey about the same 70s time period, I thought the film was a lot of fun, and think you should have a light night out and watch it at a MULTIPLEX, go to the DRIVE-IN or definitely STREAM-IT.
|Aaron Taylor Johnson, Tom Ford, Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal|
|The Young Pope|
|Mel Gibson- Venice Film Festival|
|Suki Waterhouse and Ana Lily Amirpour at Venice Film Festival|
|Voyage of Time|
|Natalie Portman on the Red Carpet at Venice Film Festival|
|Colm Meany & Timothy Spall in The Journey|
|Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp at Venice Film Festival|
|Our War crew|
|Antoine Fuqua, Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington at Venice Film Festival|
|Julia Vysotskaya and Christian Clauß in Paradise|
21. *****Paradise, directed by Andrei Konchalavsky, starring Julia Vysotskaya and Christian Clauß. When the winners were announced in the press room, I had to make a quick decision: stay for the press conference, or see one of the Silver Lion winners; everything, astonishingly, was scheduled at the same time. I bolted to see Paradise, and I'm glad I did. Because I am American, I have had a lifetime of propaganda about Russia and the Soviet Union -- two different entities -- shoved into my ears. Not just another-Holocaust-film, it leaves one hoping there really is a Paradise after all the Hell on Earth. Here is the Variety review. This film was so riveting, elegant and poignant... I am very happy that it won, and I hope everyone goes to see it WHEREVER THEY CAN.
Here is a moving summary of how it feels to leave the Venice Film Festival written by E. Nina Rothe for the Huffington Post:
I felt a pang of anxiety as I left Venice this morning, in the midst of the boats’ rush hour traffic. It was a strange feeling, like knowing that this kind of event, this combination of great films, magnificent interviews and wonderful meetings will never happen again.
Ciao from Venezia,
Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog