Frenchies in Venice
The 74th edition of the Mostra sees the much anticipated return of Abdellatif Kechiche, four years after his double Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Blue is the Warmest Colour. The film maker is competing with Mektoub is Mektoub. Other Frenchman gunning for the Lion d’Or are Robert Guédiguian (The Snows of Killimajero) who is presenting La Villa, a family drama set in the Marseille calanques, and Xavier Legrand, who won the César for best short film in 2014 with Just Before Losing Everything, who’s showing his first full length feature, Custody.
American cinema flies in from Toronto
The Toronto International Film Festival had two new categories this year: films presented as international premieres (Gala Presentations) and special screenings on US soil (Special Presentations). So we have Darren Aronofsky for mother!, Guillermo Del Toro for The Shape of Water and George Clooney with his Suburbicon all fresh in from Canada ready to compete in Venice. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple whose idyllic existence is turned upside down by the director of Requiem for A Dream (Aronofsky), Del Toro films an idyll between Sally Hawkins and a monster created in a science experiment, while George Clooney unveils a weird police movie.