Latest Venice Film Festival News

Toronto Film Fest pays tribute to Streep, Phoenix

Sep. 10, 2019 2:13 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — In a gala dinner held Monday amid the Toronto International Film Festival's unspooling premieres, the festival paid tribute to Joaquin Phoenix, Meryl Streep, filmmaker Taika Waititi and cinematographer Roger Deakins. With the city teaming with stars in town for the festival, TIFF this year...

Dark 'Joker' wins top Venice Film Festival prize

Sep. 7, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

Todd Phillips' dark comic book film "Joker" won the Golden Lion Award at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on Saturday and cemented its place as a legitimate contender for the rest of the awards season. Jury president Lucretia Martel announced the winners of the prestigious award during a ceremony on...

Timothée Chalamet makes a big impression in Venice

Sep. 4, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Timothée Chalamet made a movie star's debut at the 76th Venice International Film Festival this week for his Henry V film "The King," wearing a bold silver suit and silky blouse from French-Colombian designer Haider Ackermann for his walk down the red carpet. The 23-year-old Oscar...

For Julie Andrews, sudden success was 'like an assault'

Sep. 3, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Hollywood success came so suddenly for Julie Andrews, she said it felt like "an assault." The 83-year-old star is nothing but grateful for everything that's come her way, but she had the unique experience of having filmed three movies back to back before any had come out — two...

For Timothée Chalamet, becoming 'The King' was terrifying

Sep. 2, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Timothée Chalamet is already one of the most acclaimed young actors working today, but he says that the prospect playing young Henry V in "The King" was terrifying. "It was a real challenge for me," Chalamet said Monday at the Venice International Film Festival, where the film is...

Filmmaker Nate Parker apologizes for being 'tone deaf'

Sep. 1, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Three years ago, filmmaker Nate Parker came under scrutiny for a rape allegation from his college days that essentially derailed the release of his Nat Turner film "The Birth of a Nation." Now, with a new film about police brutality debuting at the Venice Film International Film...

Alex Gibney's 'Citizen K' looks at power in Russia

Aug. 31, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney says profiling exiled Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky allowed him to explore power in Russia from the end of communism until now. The resulting film, "Citizen K," premiered at the Venice International Film Festival on Saturday. Gibney says...

Joaquin Phoenix discusses preparing for role in 'Joker'

Aug. 31, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Joaquin Phoenix is having a hard time defining the Joker, but then again, he doesn't really want to. The actor spent eight months exploring how a struggling stand-up comedian named Arthur Fleck becomes Batman's antagonist, the villain with a chilling laugh and a love of chaos....

Reporters focus on Polanski's film, not his crime, at Venice

Aug. 30, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Roman Polanski is not at the Venice International Film Festival, but his new film, "An Officer and a Spy" is. Yet, after much hand-wringing over its inclusion among the films in competition for the Golden Lion award, journalists at a news conference Friday stayed focused on the film...

Documentary looks at political comeback of Imelda Marcos

Aug. 30, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield started interviewing former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos four years ago thinking that it might be a redemption story for the then 85-year-old. What she found is that Marcos was not only standing by the controversial history of her family...