It has been 18 years since I was last associated with a Hollywood movie—I had a very minor credit on Pumpkinhead II, starring the amazingly talented presidential brother Roger Clinton as “The Mayor”—and this week, at the Venice Film Festival, felt like a walk back in time. In addition to covering the festival for The Observer, I was there to see off my small investment in an independent movie called Kiss of the Damned, which was closing the festival.
Venice is like a smaller Cannes: lots of premieres, stars and glamour, but without the large scale-madness of its French counterpart. Medium-sized commercial movies play alongside smaller, niche pictures. Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, Robert Redford’s The Company you Keep and Brian De Palma’s The Passion all premiered, as did a retrospective of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate.
My only criticism of the Venice Film Festival is that it’s hard to motivate oneself to go to these movies during the day, when you have a combination of perfect weather, one of the world’s most beautiful cities and whatever residual bleariness from covering all those late-night parties.
The debut film by New York-based artist Rirkrit Tiravanija will premiere at the Venice Film Festival this weekend. The film, Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbours, marks the Thai-born artist’s first directorial effort. Mr. Tiravanija is best known for his installations, which usually feature him cooking for his visitors.
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OMG could George Clooney and Brad Pitt please stop being so charming/funny/arch whatever they are? At a Venice Film Festival press conference today promoting the new Coen brothers movie Burn After Reading, the irrepressible duo found themselves answering the same questions we swear they did last year, or at some other press thing.
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The Venice Film Festival’s program was announced this morning and will include a few American films including Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler (starring Mickey Rourke), Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married (about an ex-model returning home after ten years in rehab), Kathryn Bigelow’s Hurt Locker and Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading. That’s a relatively light Read More
The Coen brothers’ follow-up to No Country for Old Men is headed to the City of Water this summer, according to the Associated Press. Their film, the spy comedy Burn After Reading starring George Clooney, John Malkovich and Brad Pitt, will open this year’s Venice Film Festival on Aug. 27. Not ready to Read More