Latest Venice Film Festival News

Spain honors Penélope Cruz for contribution to cinema

Jun. 06, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Penélope Cruz has won one of Spain’s top film awards for her contribution to Spanish cinema, the country’s ministry of culture said Monday. The jury of the 2022 National Cinema award was unanimous in its decision to honor the Madrid-born star, describing the...

Catherine Deneuve to receive Venice Film Festival honor

Jun. 01, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

The great French film star Catherine Deneuve will receive the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 79th Venice International Film Festival in September, organizers said Wednesday. With her angular features, blonde hair and regal demeanor, Deneuve was a key figure in the...

Actor Fred Ward, of 'Tremors,' 'The Right Stuff' fame, dies

May. 13, 2022 21:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fred Ward, a veteran actor who brought a gruff tenderness to tough-guy roles in such films as “The Right Stuff,” “The Player” and “Tremors,” has died. He was 79. Ward died Sunday, his publicist Ron Hofmann said Friday. No cause or place of death was...

Review: In 'Happening,' a riveting abortion drama

May. 03, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

“Happening,” Audrey Diwan's Golden Lion-winner at last year's Venice Film Festival, is set in 1963 France but the period detail isn't prominent. Instead, it's an abortion tale that feels as though it could it could take place in many places, long ago or today. It's filmed in...

Powerful French abortion drama ‘Happening’ lands in US

May. 03, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

It’s 1963 in France and Anne is an ambitious, 23-year-old college student who becomes pregnant. She doesn't want to be. She's not ready to be a mother. But abortion isn’t legal in the country and won’t be for another 12 years. In the new film “ Happening,” Anne must find a solution on her...

Female artists dominate the Venice Biennale for 1st time

Apr. 25, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — For the first time in the 127-year history of the Venice Biennale, the world’s oldest and most important contemporary art fair features a majority of female and gender non-conforming artists, under the curatorial direction of Cecilia Alemani. The result is a...