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29 articles available in total starting from 19/07/2021. Last article published on 22/10/2021.

Gabriele Mainetti • Director of Freaks Out

Interview: Gabriele Mainetti • Director of Freaks Out

Freaks Out is a child of the historic Trump era”

VENICE 2021: The Italian director speaks about his second work, the film’s music and the production challenges associated with such a colossal project, which was a long time in the making  

09/09 | Venice 2021 | Competition

Review: Freaks Out

Review: Freaks Out

VENICE 2021: Gabriele Mainetti’s second film blends pure entertainment with a reflection on diversity, but its tendency towards appropriation results in a feeling of déjà vu  

09/09 | Venice 2021 | Competition

Review: Captain Volkonogov Escaped

Review: Captain Volkonogov Escaped

VENICE 2021: Rising young Russian actor Yuriy Borisov plays the titular escaped captain in Aleksey Chupov and Natasha Merkulova’s thriller set amidst Stalin’s Great Purge  

08/09 | Venice 2021 | Competition

Review: The King of Laughter

Review: The King of Laughter

VENICE 2021: Mario Martone’s comedy-biopic about the famous Neapolitan comedy playwright working in the early twentieth century, Eduardo Scarpetta, boasts a powerful performance from Toni Servillo  

08/09 | Venice 2021 | Competition

Review: Reflection

Review: Reflection

VENICE 2021: In his main competition entry, Valentyn Vasyanovych doesn’t just look at the ongoing war; he stares  

08/09 | Venice 2021 | Competition

Valentyn Vasyanovych  • Director of Reflection

Interview: Valentyn Vasyanovych • Director of Reflection

“Inhuman torture takes place not somewhere far away, but right here in Europe”

VENICE 2021: There is no looking away in this, the latest take on the ongoing war in Ukraine, which comes on the heels of Atlantis  

07/09 | Venice 2021 | Competition

Xavier Giannoli  • Director of Lost Illusions

Interview: Xavier Giannoli • Director of Lost Illusions

“As a filmmaker, I hope that the audience can see the beauty of this civilisation, but also the cruelty”

VENICE 2021: With his adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s work, a long obsession is finally put to rest, with the director revisiting “the matrix of the modern world as we know it”  

07/09 | Venice 2021 | Competition

Review: Lost Illusions

Review: Lost Illusions

VENICE 2021: Xavier Giannoli’s lavish Balzac canvas is a colourful ride through the Paris of the splendiferous 1820s  

07/09 | Venice 2021 | Competition

Review: Happening

Review: Happening

VENICE 2021: Audrey Diwan adapts Annie Ernaux’s memoir about her attempts to have an illegal abortion in France in the 1960s  

06/09 | Venice 2021 | Competition

Michelangelo Frammartino • Director of Il buco

Interview: Michelangelo Frammartino • Director of Il buco

“We descended 400 metres to film the ungovernable”

VENICE 2021: The Italian director joined up with a group of speleologists in a Calabrian cave to recreate the expedition dating back to 1961  

06/09 | Venice 2021 | Competition

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