The Venice Film Festival has always been a wonderful show, and this year it has not been so bad. Below is a brief list of the best films presented during one of the most important events regarding the seventh art.

To open the seventies-old Venice Film Festival is Alexander Payne’s last effort: ‘Downsizing‘. The film featuring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig as his wife immerses us in the ordinary routine of this couple who tired of their habitual life tries to be part of an eclectic experiment that shrinks human beings so that they can live a life better, simpler and more luxurious. Hoping that the promise of these scientists can be maintained, the protagonists will have to deal with an experience that will break their existence. Although he enjoyed the subject and the initial idea, criticism did not welcome the opening film of the show, believing that it will lose and diminish the potential as it goes ahead with the vision.

Go back to surprise her audience with Guillermo del Toro with her new movie titled ‘The Shape of the Water’. The Spanish director tells us a complicated love story, and how difficult it can be, in the absence of proper communication, when barriers arise. And it tells us through the events of the lonely and dumb Elisa, employed in one of the high security security labs during the Cold War. His life is slow and tedious, devoid of emotions and especially in his most complete loneliness. It will be thanks to the help of his collaborator Zelda that will allow him to come to discover a project kept secret by the government, and from that moment on his existence will inevitably be overthrown. ‘The Shape of the Water‘ was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film at Guillermo del Toro.

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A welcome and unexpected surprise comes to the festival from Samuel Maoz’s second solo work, which signs ‘Foxtrot’ coming home with the Silver Lion for the jury’s grand prize. The film describes the frustrating pain of two parents who are told that their son was dead while carrying out his military activities in an outpost. Michael, the father of the victim, will not be able to cope with the pain, and will become particularly irascible, but parents will receive a new news that will change the cards on the table.


American director Martin McDonagh presents his fourth feature film: ‘Three posters to Ebbing, Missouri‘. With a fantastic Frances McDormand in the role of the protagonist, the film makes us experience the experience and determination of a woman who wants to find the culprit of her daughter’s murder and who no longer believes in the police forces that should work in this sense. To manifest his dissent, he lurks the town of three provocative messages to the chief of police. When Dixon’s deputy intervenes in their dispute, their confrontation will become increasingly harsh and controversial. Martin McDonagh is able to find the Best Screenplay award for his work.

Among the films worthy of this year’s exhibition, one can not say ‘Hannah’ by Italian director Andrea Pallaoro, who directs wonderfully a brilliant Charlotte Rampling, in the role of Hannah, who works to subtract his interpretation from one of this film’s fortune, and which allowed the actress to return home with the Volpi Cup as Best Actress. Hannah is a woman who feeds every day in her loneliness as she becomes a victim of a confrontational confrontation with herself. Constantly liable to heavy accusations that led to the arrest of her husband, the protagonist continues to deny the obvious truth of the facts, but this leads her to deal with various pitfalls coming from the surrounding environment, rediscovering that the main cause of her malaise comes also, and above all, by herself.

In addition to Andrea Pallaoro, to keep the name of Italy high, think of Paolo Virzì returned to the set after the success of his latest film ‘La Pazza Gioia’. This time, Livorno’s director moves his production into America and signs ‘Ella and John’ with a couple of actors who have nothing to envy anyone. Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland are the protagonists chosen to tell the story of two spouses, with age and severely ill, who get away to spend more time together, deliberately choosing to abandon the care they would inevitably split from immediately. To do this, they use their beloved camper and begin to travel all over America by alternating moments of extreme happiness and carefree to others of fear and endless concern. Their love seems to have not ended the surprises in store for them. Donal Sutherland offers another magnificent interpretation, and is not hiding the wait for the assignment already in the upcoming Oscar-winning career for the extraordinary London actor.

Among the most anticipated titles on the part of the audience there is surely Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Black Swan) -Madre! The film makes us experience the experience of a couple who is beginning to receive unexpected visits to the house, from strangely unknown people. While she, played by beautiful Jennifer Lawrence, looks rather upset by the unexpected guests, he seems to be pleased and happy with the visits she has received. Javier Bardem is the actor chosen by the director to play the latter role. Despite the good assumptions, Aronofsky’s latest film does not seem to have fully satisfied the criticism that was quite negative about the film, suggesting he expected something more than the last effort of New York director.

Another interesting story about justice comes from France by director Ziad Doueiri with his ‘The Insult’. The Lebanese director compares two workers, one of whom is a Christian and the other a Palestinian refugee, employed in renovating a building in Beirut. For a futile discussion on the pipes that will take unusual and undesirable evolution, one of them will severely overwhelm the other by testing his credo and his ideals. The latter wounded in his pride, will denounce his colleague, beginning a process that will make a lot of feelings and from which they will come out hardly with broken bones both. Kamel El Basha, one of the protagonists, is the winner of the Volpi Cup as Best Actor for this year.

Always from France, without any shadow of doubt, one of the revelations of this year’s Venice Film Festival: ‘Jusqu’à la garde’, by director Xavier Legrand on his third feature film that allowed him to win the Leone d ‘ Silver for Best Director. We are following the story of a family crushed by divorce. Myriam does everything to keep his son away from his violent father, but putting his sticks in the wheels will be the judgment of the judge who will opt for shared trust. Antoine’s father will be able to have his life and get what he wants, but their son Julien will have to make sure that he does not bother with the situation and be able to defend himself when his mother can not do it for him anymore.

Article written by VFW Team

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