Toronto Film Festival Lineup:

A good chunk of the 2012 Toronto Film Festival was just released, and your shiny new world-premiering movies are … Looper, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt time-travel assassin movie, which will open the festival; the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas; Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing; Ben Affleck’s Argo, also starring Bryan Cranston; Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, starring Greta […]

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.”

BFI London Film Festival To Screen ‘Soul’, ‘Nomadland’ At Hybrid 2020 Edition

Titles include Pixar’s new movie Soul, which would’ve been at Cannes, Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, which is set to premiere in Venice, Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round, which was part of this year’s Cannes Label, Miranda July’s Kajillionaire, which debuted at Sundance, Bassam Tariq’s Mogul Mowgli, which was at Berlinale, and Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s animation […]

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

“We began this year planning for a 45th festival much like our previous editions but along the way we had to rethink just about everything,” said Cameron Bailey, artistic director and co-head of the festival. “This year’s lineup reflects that tumult. The names you already know are doing brand new things this year, and there’s […]

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

He added, “The Official Selection of Venezia 77, with its 50-55 films from around the world, will provide its traditional overview of the best that the film industry has produced in recent months, thanks to the extraordinary response by directors and producers, despite the arduous working conditions over these past few months. A significant number […]

New York Film Festival Adds Bronx Zoo As Drive-In Screening Site

Screenings and talks will instead be held either online or at drive-ins in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. The outer boroughs’ involvement at least gives the non-profit organization an opportunity to sell tickets to audiences not always at the core of the festival’s audience. With travel significantly restricted, the usual international mix of audiences and […]

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

Prolific Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa was on the Lido with Wife Of A Spy, which garnered solid write ups. The film follows a merchant who leaves his wife behind in order to travel to Manchuria, where he witnesses an act of barbarism which sets of a dangerous chain reaction. Meanwhile, in terms of buzz, Gia Coppola’s […]

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

My bet for the Golden Lion? Don’t be surprised if it turns out to be the last film that played in competition – the superb Nomadland, by Chloé Zhao, the Chinese director behind 2017’s The Rider. This is another docudrama study of contemporary America, starring Frances McDormand as a woman who loses her Nevada home […]

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

That the 10-day Venice festival took place at all was something of a miracle, given that northern Italy in late February became ground zero for Europe’s coronavirus outbreak. The Cannes Film Festival was cancelled and other big international festivals in Toronto and New York opted to go mostly online.