BFI London Film Festival 2020 full line-up, dates, opening and closing galas, virtual screenings

Mangrove director Steve McQueen said: “I couldn’t be happier that Mangrove will open this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Although the themes are universal, Mangrove is a London story. It may have happened 50 years ago, but it’s as relevant today as it was then.”

Toronto Film Festival Lineup:

World PremieresLooper (Rian Johnson)Cloud Atlas (The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer)Argo (Ben Affleck)Silver Linings Playbook (David O Russell)Love, Marilyn (Liz Garbus)Free Angela And All Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch)The Place Beyond The Pines (Derek Cianfrance)Midnight’s Children (Deepa Mehta)Hyde Park On Hudson (Roger Michell)Great Expectations (Mike Newell)Inescapable (Rubba Nadda)Twice Born (Sergio Castellitto)English Vinglish (Gauri Shinde)The Perks Of Being […]

Venice Film Festival closes amid cheers for daring to open amid COVID-19 pandemic

Jones noted that the lineup of films lacked the usual Hollywood blockbusters — think “La La Land,” and “The Shape of Water” — that in recent years have used Venice as a springboard to Oscar fame. While the festival featured films from Iran, India, Australia and beyond, it was heavily European.

Kate Winslet and Mark Wahlberg aim for Oscars at unusual Toronto film festival

The Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg is hoping to return to the race with the fact-based drama Good Joe Bell from Reinaldo Marcus Green, the acclaimed director of Monsters and Men, and the Oscar-winning screenwriters of Brokeback Mountain. The film tells the true story of a father whose son kills himself after homophobic bullying and his […]

Venice film festival 2020 roundup – against all the odds, a triumph

Bizarrely, the festival’s absolute hot ticket was a half-hour short – Pedro Almodóvar’s The Human Voice, a free adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s play. A solo Tilda Swinton, as a woman on the phone to her neglectful lover, paces a typically lavish Almodóvar set, but this time it’s part of a deserted sound stage – a […]

Show must go on: Toronto to organise international film festival amid ongoing pandemic

Thursday’s opening night on an eerily quiet King Street West, TIFF’s epicenter, provided a curtain-raiser for how this year’s confab changed. No glitterati-seeking cinephiles were clogging every vantage point in front of The Princess of Wales Theatre. None of filmdom’s royalty preened and pranced along the red carpet leading to Roy Thomson Hall. There were […]

Frances McDormand starrer Nomadland wins the Golden Lion at Venice film festival

But after Italy tamed its infections with a strict 10-week lockdown, Venice decided to go ahead, albeit under safety protocols that would have previously been unthinkable for a festival that has prided itself on spectacular visuals and glamorous clientele. Face masks were required indoors and out. Reservations for all were required in advance, with theatre […]

Venice Film Festival 2020: The Best Movies According To The Critics

Former Golden Lion winner Gianfranco Rosi returned to Venice with appreciated documentary Notturno, an immersive portrait of those trying to survive in the war-torn Middle East. Rosi’s film also scored highly with Italian-language critics. Debuting right at the end of the festival was Alex Gibney’s Crazy, Not Insane, an examination of the research by forensic […]

What’s The Price Tag On Venice Film Festival’s COVID Sanitary Protocols & Adjustments?

Given how smoothly things have been running this year, with fewer titles and more screenings, I asked Barbera if he thought the festival would maintain these sorts of levels. Should he return next year (his mandate is up after this edition and we’ll know in October if he’s coming back), Barbera said the 55-60 range […]

Venice Film Festival Outlines Structure For 77th Edition: Fewer Titles, Section Shifts

The Venice Film Festival this morning said that the 77th edition will go ahead from September 2-12 with certain changes owing to sanitary protocols imposed by the COVID-19 crisis. The overall number of films in the official selection will be reduced, down to about 50-55, while the competitive sections Venezia 77 and Horizons will maintain […]