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, Timbuktu tells the most human of stories.

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Documentaries

  • 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 and started. This is, of course a film about hideous Read More

  • 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, these athletes are not just hard-core sportsmen, but a diverse Read More

  • 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 writer who associated with left-wing politics and broke down sexual Read More

  • 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 an external reality, and desperately clinging at the shadowy forms Read More

  • 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 Battle of Chile, which chronicles Pinochet’s coup in Chile, at Read More

  • Amy

    Amy

    Amy made its Italian premiere this June in The Biografilm Festival of 2015; one of the few documentaries in the festival’s amazing selection that explores a mainstream celebrity as its subject – but mainstream isn’t a word that should ever be used to describe the real Amy Winehouse, whose successes Read More

  • Iris

    Iris

    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 to questions regarding Read More

  • Beyond Clueless

    Beyond Clueless

     The high school experience is cemented in all of our minds. Whether you loved it or hated it, whether you were the bully, the bullied or the lucky few who slipped under the radar, we all remember it vividly. For most, high school was about the social experience rather than Read More

  • Wright’s Law

    Wright’s Law

    Before the film’s title appears on the screen, the camera is fixed on a public school science teacher lying beneath a bed of nails. One of the students carefully places a brick onto the upper part of the plank of wood being supported by the nails, before bringing a hammer Read More

 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

  • 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 New York, and the result was the screenplay for The Read More

  • 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 for a fortnight. His efforts to bring his daughter home Read More

  • 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 live in London and have some serious financial issues. Ian Read More

  • Partisan

    Partisan

    One of Partisan‘s producers presented the film to those in attendance before it started, and told everybody that it was one of the most difficult films of the year. And it was, in a strange kind of way, but given how much I ended up preparing myself for, relatively little Read More

  • Testament of Youth

    Testament of Youth

    Love, youth, dreams, hope, futility and war. These themes are the keystone of this lyrical film. The question might be how a film dealing with war can be a lyrical one. Yet, this one unravels in such a way that it feels like reading a stirring poem in which the Read More

  • Timbuktu

    Timbuktu

    Beautifully shot and hauntingly relevant, Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu is undoubtedly one of this year’s greatest triumphs. The tranquil lives of a cattle herding family are only occasionally disturbed by the Jihadist law they find themselves living under. That is until one unfortunate event threatens their peaceful existence. Sofian El Fani’s cinematography Read More

  • Listen Up Philip

    Listen Up Philip

    Many of us first fell in love with Jason Schwartzman as the egotistical, over-confident and deluded Max Fischer. Listen Up Philip is about a deeply troubled and painfully self-obsessed writer, awaiting the publication of his second novel. It could easily be a sequel to Rushmore. Philip could be an adult Fischer; an Read More

  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    A History of Violence is one of David Cronenberg’s most mature films – it is essentially a film about human emotion in all of its forms. And for a filmmaker, getting our emotions right is one of the hardest things to do. Through Viggo Mortensen, who is at his best Read More

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

    A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

    Ana Lili Amirpour’s directorial debut feeds on an array of different influences and inspirations whilst experimenting with style and tone. Its playfulness is counteracted by its gothic undertones. Based on the director’s own graphic novel and described by her as “the first Iranian vampire spaghetti western”, A Girl Walks Home Read More

 

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 to questions regarding the secret of their long-lasting happy marriage, he enthusiastically 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 – until, of course, the end…

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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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