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"Venice Film Festival Highlights New Cinematic Endeavors
Movies offer us a brief few hours of respite from the everyday toil of life, and whether they are comedic or dramatic in their general orientation, they remain a fairly common form of entertainment and artistic expression from Singapore to the Silicon Valley. Film festivals, whether they are in the South of France or the American South, offer a concentrated and highly dynamic environment where a myriad of persons involved in the cinematic process come together, and the media dutifully follows. For the past week or so, many of these personages have come together at the Venice Film Festival (the oldest such festival in the world), which concludes on September 10th. Some of the films featured include a new “blue-collar musical” by noted auteur and actor John Turturro, George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck”, and Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain”. Another film that has garnered considerable attention is the film adaptation of the Pulitzer-Prize winning play, “Proof”, authored by David Auburn. Regardless of the stiff competition at the festival, only one film will be awarded the highly coveted Golden Lion, which will be handed out on the final day of the festival. The first link leads to news story from the San Francisco Examiner that provides some details on director John Turturro’s Venice Film Festival entry, “Romance & Cigarettes”. The second link will take visitors to a story from the CBC on Terry Gilliam’s hope that his latest film, The Brothers Grimm, will find a more welcoming and critical audience in Venice than it has thus far in both the US and Canada. The third link leads to some nice reporting on some of the Festival’s films from the Guardian’s own Geoffrey McNab. The fourth link will lead users to the homepage of the Festival, where interested parties can peruse information about the general schedule of films, along with news releases directly from their headquarters. The fifth link leads to the very thorough Film Festivals website, which provides a host of material on all of the major film festivals across the globe, along with an extensive archive of previous coverage that dates back to 1995. The final link leads to the official homepage for the film “Proof”. Here visitors can watch a short preview of the forthcoming film and learn a bit more about the general contours of the film’s plot. [KMG]"
(from The Scout Report 11/36, September 9, 2005)
Categories: Venice, Film