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Italy’s D’Innocenzo Brothers on ‘America Latina,’ Their ‘Warmer, More Compassionate’ Film Than ‘Bad Tales’

Italian twins Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo, who made a splash in Berlin last year with “Bad Tales,” in which Elio Germano played the sadistic father in a dysfunctional suburban family, are now in the Venice competition with “America Latina,”...

Afghan Filmmaker Sahra Mani, in Venice With ‘Kabul Melody’ Project, Says Lives of Kabul Music School Students Are at Risk

Afghan filmmaker Sahra Mani, who is at the Venice Film Festival gap financing market with the documentary “Kabul Melody,” says the lives of more than 150 students of Kabul’s National Institute of Music (ANIM) are at risk after armed...

Miu Miu Women’s Tales at Venice Days Unveiled –– Watch ‘I and The Stupid Boy’ by Kaouther Ben Hania

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania’s “I and the Stupid Boy,” the new title in the Prada-commissioned Miu Miu Women’s Tales short film series directed by women, was unveiled Sept. 4 at the Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section. The...

Venice Lineup Shows How Cinema Italiano Thrives in Rocky Market

The country’s box office is still sputtering but Italian cinema is instead “in a state of grace,” as Venice chief Alberto Barbera put it recently as he announced the five features from Italy that are competing for the fest’s...

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’ Gets Warm Ovation in Venice With Jake Gyllenhaal on Hand to Cheer Her Debut

Maggie Gyllenhaal was glowing as her assured directorial debut, “The Lost Daughter,” received a warm, four-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival’s Sala Grande after Greek music played as the credits rolled, with her brother Jake Gyllenhaal cheering...

Fremantle, at Venice With Pics by Paolo Sorrentino and D’Innocenzo Brothers, Ramps Up Film Side

Fremantle, which is at Venice with two films in competition –– Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God” and “America Latina” by Damiano and Fabio  D’Innocenzo –– is ramping up its film side. The RTL Group-owned company “that everyone used...

Venice Film Festival Launch Party Honors Alberto Barbera, as Bong Joon Ho Makes Grand Entrance as Jury President

On Tuesday night, the eve of the 78th annual Venice Film Festival, Variety hosted a rooftop party at the Hotel Danieli honoring fest topper Alberto Barbera and the Biennale, its parent organization, with its International Achievement in Film Award....

10 ‘Dune’ Cast Members Among Hollywood Stars Descending on Venice Film Festival

The 78th Venice Film Festival gets underway Wednesday with a slew of Hollywood stars expected on the red carpet for the Sept. 1-11 event, beginning with Penelope Cruz for Pedro Almodovar’s opening film “Parallel Mothers,” in competition, and Isabelle...

Venice’s Barbera Built Fest Into Awards Season Must-Stop

There is no doubt that Venice these days is the world’s top event to premiere a future Oscar winner, but it wasn’t always like that. When artistic director Alberto Barbera returned to the Lido in 2012 “a lot of...

How Venice Topper Barbera Earned Variety’s Intl. Achievement in Film Award

The Venice Film Festival, after some ups and downs over the years, has been hitting its stride for the past decade thanks to Alberto Barbera, who has steadily steered the event forward by finding ways to make the grand...

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