The 72nd Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will run on Venice Lido from 2nd to 12th September 2015, directed by Alberto Barbera.

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.

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Timbuktu is the most important film of 2015 so far and will most likely remain so. A heart-breaking commentary on one of our most terrifying global issues and injustices…

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Documentaries

  • A Sinner in Mecca

    A Sinner in Mecca

    Sexuality, religion, barbarity and spirituality all come under discussion in A Sinner in Mecca – Parvez Sharma’s follow up to his début A Jihad for Love. Being both a homosexual man and devout Muslim, Sharma explores the supposed contradictions of his sexuality…

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  • Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    The clue’s in the title. Documenting the rise of the National Lampoon magazine and its prominence within outrageous humour and American pop-culture, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon is the tale of one of contemporary American comedies most…

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  • The Madness of Sincerity

    The Madness of Sincerity

    In the first scene, two boys rush up a rocky hill and thrust two dry branches into the air with their backs to the wind. They are challenged to hold the branch up, in spite of the fierce winds, until…

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  • Sunshine Superman

    Sunshine Superman

    Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man meets James Marsh’s Man on Wire in this triumphant documentary about one man with one intense passion for throwing himself off of cliffs; the art of BASE jumping. For Carl Boenish, sky-diving just wasn’t enough of a thrill. His…

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  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

    The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

    There are always two sides to every story. Stanley Nelson’s latest documentary explores the rise and fall of The Black Panthers during the civil rights movement; the tyranny they faced, the controversy they caused and the fires they equally stifled…

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  • Scrum

    Scrum

    The Olympics, the Paralympics, Wimbledon; we all recognise that sport unites. In a thick haze of testosterone and adrenaline, Poppy Stockell’s Scrum documents sportsmanship and unity in a whole new light. Meet the Sydney Convicts, rugby champions and devotees. The film’s USP? Well,…

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  • Best of Enemies

    Best of Enemies

    On several occasions in 1968, two profound intellectuals came together to debate and discuss the social and political issues of the time. Televised nationally, these ferocious encounters quickly became explosive verbal battles. In one corner, Gore Vidal – prolific American…

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  • The Possibilities Are Endless

    The Possibilities Are Endless

    Edwyn Collins was plunged into an unfamiliar and incoherent inner world following his stroke in 2005. After watching The Possibilities Are Endless, the viewer becomes aware of Collins’ terrifying journey into his own mind, isolated from any clear idea of…

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  • Filmer Obstinement, Rencontre Avec Patricio Guzman

    Filmer Obstinement, Rencontre Avec Patricio Guzman

    This film accompanied Patricio Guzman’s 2010 film Nostalgia De La Luz in this year’s Biografilm Festival in Bologna, and tries to get into his mind and methods, while largely revolving around one of his most discussed and influential documentaries, The…

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Reel Insights

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 The documentary’s intense focus on The Battle of Chile makes it, in some sense, a political film. But it is also a filmmaker’s film; its audience is given an opportunity to watch as an expert filmmaker lets us into his craft, sharing his vision, discussing all of his documentaries, new and old, while for parts of the documentary, the camera focuses on the filmmaking process itself, as Guzman works as though nobody were sitting in his workspace. Read more

Reviews

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

     Greg is in his final year of high school. His mother keeps thrusting college guide books under his nose whilst he avoids applying. Greg spends his spare time with Earl – an unlikely companion who he likens to a co-worker…

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  • Learning to Drive

    Learning to Drive

    When her 20 years of marriage comes to an abrupt and painful end, Wendy finds herself heartbroken and unable to move forward – in more ways than one. The process of beginning to move on from her failed marriage is…

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  • The Girl in the Woods

    The Girl in the Woods

    The Girl in the Woods, directed by Tofiq Rzayev who also directed the simple yet affecting Aftermath, is a well-paced and gentle tale of a person’s disappearance and the subsequent uncovering of what happened. In Aftermath, a girl suffers the…

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  • Manglehorn

    Manglehorn

    An unsettling study of one man’s loneliness, in the wake of his many mistakes, Manglehorn is the uncertain but occasionally gripping new Al Pacino movie. Director David Gordon Green doesn’t manage to maintain the tenacity or conviction he showed at last year’s…

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  • A Brand New You

    A Brand New You

    A Brand New You revolves around three characters, all vastly different, all who are struggling in one form or another. At the centre of the drama is Santiago, a widower who isn’t taking his recent loss very gracefully – writers…

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  • Malady

    Malady

    While watching Jack James’s Malady, one feels a growing sureness that it possesses the qualities that make up an enduring piece of work; a kind of confidence in itself, and ability to take itself exactly where it wants to be…

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  • The Gambler vs The Gambler

    The Gambler vs The Gambler

    Back in 1974, New York born writer and director James Toback was able to draw on his personal experiences with gambling as well as his experiences with teaching whilst he taught creative writing to students at the City College of…

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  • Maggie

    Maggie

    Henry Hobson’s debut Maggie is an indie zombie-drama about an unshakeable bond between a father and daughter. We first meet Midwest farmer Wade as he’s searching for his oldest child. Once reunited we quickly learn that he’s been looking for her…

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  • Cassandra’s Dream

    Cassandra’s Dream

    Crime, punishment and existential dilemmas prevail in Woody Allen’s moving, low-key family tragedy. The title of the film, Cassandra’s Dream, is taken from the name of the sailing boat bought by two brothers, Ian and Terry Blaine, both of whom…

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Rarely does a debut feature reach the ambitious heights of Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s The Tribe. With its bleak aesthetic and harrowing themes of abuse, sexual exploitation, violence and manipulation, this Ukrainian horror drama portrays the cruel happenings in a boarding school for deaf students.

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The two most important qualities in a person, according to 93-year-old fashion icon Iris, are a sense of humour and curiosity. That’s what still keeps her alive and kicking, working and dressing like mad, in love with her 100-year-old witty husband Carl. He calls her child and cheers for his “young wife”…

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Unsung Cult

 

Aside from cinematography and special effects, The Birds is a remarkable feat of storytelling; like many great novels, the central theme often takes the backseat, as the author, or in this case the filmmaker, plays around with additional little details involving the story’s characters and their personal lives…

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Unsung 90s

 

What a wistful, loving and heartrending portrayal of a young man; what a poignant story of an impoverished Glasgow neighbourhood during a dustman’s strike in the early seventies. The very talented Lynne Ramsay merges the gritty realism of British cinema with a strange sense of the unreal…

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Unsung Travel

 

It’s the kind of premise that lets you know a great story is on the way. Though the odds are never quite out of sight, Ride Report maintains an upbeat tempo that brings us along with Tiernan Turner and Matt Kendall as they sail over their obstacles in a kind of majestic cocksureness…

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