Toronto Film Festival Lineup:

International/North American PremieresTo The Wonder (Terrence Malick)Anna Karenina (Joe Wright)The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Mira Nair)The Company You Keep (Robert Redford)Jayne Mansfield’s Car (Billy Bob Thornton)A Royal Affair (Nikolai Arcel)Dangerous Liasons (Hur Ji-Ho)Thermae Romae (Hideki Takeuchi)Caught In The Web (Chen Kaige)Dormant Beauty (Marco Belloccchio)Everybody Has A Plan (Ana Piterbarg) w/Viggo MortensenKon-Tiki (Espen SandbergReality (Matteo Garrone)A Few Hours […]

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.”

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

This year, major festivals have created a non-competitive alliance that has allowed them to collaborate and share their slates. That means the romantic drama Ammonite, which was originally scheduled for a Cannes premiere, will now have its first screening at Toronto. The film, directed by Francis Lee (God’s Own Country), tells the story of the […]

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

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

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 […]

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

“A lot,” Barbera said when I asked how much the organization had spent on protocols. Del Mercato said that between security and sanitary measures, the bill was about 600K euros ($700K). Add in changes in the structure, like running 18 screens rather than 10 to make up for capacity restrictions, and the price ratchets up […]

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

In a statement today, Barbera said, “I am extremely pleased that the Biennale Cinema can be held with a minimum reduction of films and sections. Without forgetting the countless victims of these past few months to whom due tribute shall be paid, the first international festival following the forced interruption dictated by the pandemic becomes […]

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

A major cultural event based on the campus of Lincoln Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the festival has had to make significant adjustments this year due to COVID-19. Film at Lincoln Center, the organization that puts on the fest, had hoped to preserve some in-theater aspects of the event. With New York state officials […]

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 […]