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Alejandro Inarritu

Venice Film Fest to open with Inarritu’s Birdman

Birdman is a black comedy that weaves the tale of an actor (essayed by Keaton) – renowned for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to the opening night, he tries to get over his ego and get his family and career back on track.
Venice Film Festival

Venice Film Fest poster honours Truffaut’s The 400 Blows

This year, the Venice International Film Festival will honour the French master, Francois Truffaut, through its official poster. The final frame of the director’s legendary The 400 Blows has been the inspiration for the poster.
Venice Film Festival

Roman Polanski to shoot in Poland if given legal assurance

The ghost of 1977 continues to haunt the celebrated Polish auteur, Roman Polanski.  He is wanted for a 1977 sex crime he committed in the USA, a country he ran away from and has never gone back to. He is now planning to shoot a film in the country.
Venice Film Festival

In a first, composer to lead Venice Fest competition jury

The Venice International Film Festival has picked the internationally renowned French composer, Alexandre Desplat, to chair its top competition jury.
The Golden Era

Chinese biopic to close Venice Film Festival

The 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival will close with a biopic, The Golden Era, by China’s Ann Hu -- who will also chair the Orizzonti Jury, the section most important after Competition.  

Italian director to chair a Venice Film Fest jury

Italian director Alice Rohrwacher has been named president of the International Jury for the Luigi De Laurentiis (Award for a Debut Film) at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. It runs from August 27 to September 6.

Top European filmmakers urge Vladimir Putin to free Ukrainian director

Some of the biggest names in European cinema have petitioned the Russian President Vladimir Putin to free the Ukrainian moviemaker Oleg Sentsov. He was arrested some weeks ago and is reportedly in a Moscow jail.

Cinema in the times of Censorship

In Thailand, Ing Kanjanavanit could not have dreamed that her adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (called Shakespeare Tong Tie or Shakespeare Must Die) would be banned by the government authorities. 
One on One

Venice Days to open with Kim Ki-Duk’s latest film

Venice Days is part of the Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 27 to September 6 on the island of Lido, off mainland Venice. This sidebar is promoted by two Italian moviemakers’ associations, ANAC and 100 Autori.
With You, Without You

Sri Lankan film, With You Without You, to open in India

With You Without You goes far deeper than the mere repercussions of the Tamil-Sinhala war. Actually, the movie is a poetic study of humanism, of forgiveness, and, above all,  of the overwhelming sense of love with its power to break the mightiest of barriers.

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