Mexico vies for best foreign film Oscar with Cuaron’s ‘Roma’
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The ninth time may be the charm for Mexico at the Oscars. The Mexican film academy announced Friday that it has chosen "Roma," by Alfonso Cuaron, as its bid for a best foreign language film nomination.
"Roma," which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, is a deeply personal film for the director of "Gravity" and "Children of Men." It is Cuaron's first in Spanish and first filmed in his native country since his 2001 breakthrough "Y Tu Mama Tambien."
Mexican director Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ wins top prize at Venice
ROME (AP) — "Roma," Alfonso Cuaron's intimate, black-and-white portrait of the women who raised him in Mexico City's turbulent 1970s, has won the top prize at the 75th Venice Film Festival.
Cuaron accepted the Leone d'Oro on Saturday, which he said was the birthday of the woman who inspired the lead character Cleo, a young domestic worker with her own troubles amid political strife in the city's Roma neighborhood.
Filmmaker says Bannon embraced comparison to Satan
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris said when he interviewed Steve Bannon for his latest film, "American Dharma," Morris likened him to Satan, and was surprised when President Donald Trump's former chief strategist "embraced the idea."
Alabama author behind Neil Armstrong biopic
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama author who struck up a relationship with Neil Armstrong nearly two decades ago is behind a new movie about the first person to walk on the moon.
The best-selling biography "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong" by Auburn University professor emeritus James Hansen has been made into "First Man," which debuted recently at the Venice Film Festival.
Emma Stone looks stunning on the Venice red carpet
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — "Sunset," the new film from Oscar-winning Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, will have its debut at the Venice Film Festival starting Aug. 28.
"Sunset" takes place in Hungary's capital just before World War I. The film tells the story of Irisz Leiter, a young woman orphaned at an early age. She returns to Budapest seeking work in a hat store her parents used to own and discovers she has an older brother.
ROME (AP) — British actress Vanessa Redgrave will receive the prestigious Golden Lion career prize at this year's Venice Film Festival.
Each year, the Venice Biennale awards two prizes to celebrate careers in cinema, one to a movie director and one to an actor or actress. Together with Redgrave, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg will receive the Golden Lion at the festival, which runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8.
Oscar hopeful ‘Foxtrot’ locked in Israel’s culture war
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's contender for this year's foreign-language Oscar has swept local film awards and scored high honors at the Venice Film Festival.
But before it even hit the silver screen at home, Samuel Maoz's "Foxtrot," a drama exploring Israel's West Bank occupation and the modern Israeli psyche, has found itself caught in the crossfire of a raging culture war.
Director turns to virtual reality to tastefully show tragedy
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For 25 years filmmaker Gina Kim wanted to make a movie about the true story of a South Korean sex worker killed by an American soldier, but struggled with how to do so without feeling she was exploiting the victim. Then virtual reality arrived.
Del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ wins Golden Lion at Venice
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Guillermo del Toro's monster thriller "The Shape of Water" took top prize at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, capping an 11-day event where the demons of social division and environmental disaster loomed large on the screen.
Del Toro was named winner of the Golden Lion by a jury headed by U.S. actress Annette Bening, beating contenders including George Clooney's "Suburbicon" and Alexander Payne's "Downsizing."
The Latest: Director Maoz defends film from Israeli critics
VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the Venice Film Festival (all times local):
Israeli director Samuel Maoz has defended his Venice Film Festival prize-winner "Foxtrot" after criticism from some in his homeland.
Maoz's film, a compelling study of trauma and grief, won the festival's second-place Grand Jury Prize on Saturday.
Jim Carrey bares his soul in documentary ‘Jim and Andy’
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Jim Carrey, the comic actor who was one of 1990s Hollywood's biggest stars, doesn't exist.
So says the Jim Carrey who came to the Venice Film Festival this week with "Jim and Andy," a documentary about his experience playing comedian Andy Kaufman in the 1999 biopic "Man on the Moon."
He said the mega-successful entertainer Jim Carrey is "a character that has been playing me my whole life."
Jennifer Lawrence hits Venice with horror story ‘mother!’
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Director Darren Aronofsky says his film "mother!" — a delirious nightmare starring Jennifer Lawrence — is a "roller-coaster ride."
Fittingly, it thrilled some viewers at the Venice Film Festival, and left others a bit queasy.
A horror story that travels from menace to mind-bending mayhem, the movie was greeted with a mix of applause and boos from journalists Tuesday at the Italian festival, where it's one of 21 movies competing for the Golden Lion prize.
Michael Caine: I back Brexit because Eurocrats run Britain
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Michael Caine said Tuesday that he supports Brexit because he doesn't want Britain to be controlled by European Union bureaucrats.
At the Venice Film Festival, the Oscar-winning actor said Britain was "being run by a man called Mr. Juncker" — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, a former prime minister of Luxembourg.
Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ screens in 3-D at Venice
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Director John Landis said Monday that he is still upset by Michael Jackson's death, but a Venice Film Festival screening dedicated to "Thriller" is a chance to celebrate the musician's life.
An enhanced version of the landmark Landis-directed music video, "Michael Jackson's Thriller 3-D," is screening alongside a behind-the-scenes documentary that has never been shown in cinemas before.
Frances McDormand scorches in ‘Three Billboards’ at Venice
VENICE, Italy (AP) — In a year of strong women on screen, Frances McDormand plays one of the strongest: a bereaved mother who resorts to drastic action to bring her daughter's killer to justice in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."
It's a slight surprise to learn she drew inspiration from John Wayne.
Helen Mirren hits the road in ‘The Leisure Seeker’ in Venice
VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Italian nights are getting cooler as fall approaches, and there's something autumnal about many of the movies at the Venice Film Festival this year.
The passage of time and the approach of death are on the minds of many filmmakers — including Italy's Paolo Virzi, whose drama "The Leisure Seeker" premiered at the festival on Sunday.
Judi Dench rules the Venice waves in ‘Victoria & Abdul’
VENICE, Italy (AP) — It was a day of queens at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday — a real British monarch on the screen and two queens of acting, Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, on the red carpet.
Dench plays long-reigning Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears' "Victoria & Abdul," which charts the relationship between the monarch and Abdul Karim, an Indian man who became her servant and teacher.
Clooney depicts American dream as nightmare in ‘Suburbicon’
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Affable, handsome George Clooney was all charm at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, but don't be fooled.
The actor says his latest directorial effort, "Suburbicon," is an angry movie for an angry country — his own. It's a twisted tale of darkness at the heart of the American dream.
‘Foxtrot’ probes family grief and Israeli trauma
VENICE, Italy (AP) — The last time Israeli director Samuel Maoz came to the Venice Film Festival, he won the top prize with his first feature film.
Then, his main feeling was shock. Eight years later he's back with only his second feature, "Foxtrot," a critical hit that could win him his second Golden Lion.
"This time I hope to enjoy it," Maoz said.
There's just one bad omen. His luggage went astray on the way to Venice, where "Foxtrot" had its red carpet premiere on Saturday.
Vince Vaughn runs riot in ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ at Venice
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Vince Vaughn is becoming a surprising regular at the Venice Film Festival.
Vaughn, best known for comedies, is at the Italian festival as star of S. Craig Zahler's bone-crunching prison thriller "Brawl in Cell Block 99," which screens Saturday.
Last year, he attended to promote Mel Gibson's war movie "Hacksaw Ridge."
Fonda and Redford wow Venice; she says sex improves with age
VENICE, Italy (AP) — The older stars are shining the brightest at the Venice Film Festival — and having much of the fun.
A playful Robert Redford and Jane Fonda brought undimmed glitter to the festival on Friday along with their late-life romance "Our Souls at Night."
More than five decades after they first shared the screen, they star in the Netflix-produced drama as widowed neighbors who forge a relationship.
A boy and a horse hit the road in ‘Lean on Pete’ at Venice
VENICE, Italy (AP) — It's a rule of cinema that a movie about a boy and a horse will tug at the heartstrings.
Venice Film Festival entry "Lean on Pete" is no exception. Andrew Haigh's drama is about Charley, a lonely 15-year-old boy who befriends a tired old racehorse and sets out on a perilous journey across the American West.
The movie is set in a contemporary working-class America of motels, diners and grubby racetracks, but Haigh says it also has "almost a fable-esque element about it."
Ai Weiwei puts human face on migrant crisis in ‘Human Flow’
VENICE, Italy (AP) — The United Nations says there are 65 million forcibly displaced people around the world — a number so huge it can be overwhelming to contemplate.
Artist Ai Weiwei wants to make viewers see both the scale of the crisis and the humanity of the migrants with his documentary "Human Flow," premiering Friday at the Venice Film Festival.
In Venice, ‘First Reformed’ asks: Is God an ecologist?
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Two crises unfold in Paul Schrader's movie "First Reformed," which had its world premiere Thursday at the Venice Film Festival — one spiritual, the other environmental.
It's one of several films exploring the effects of climate change and environmental degradation at a festival that's taking place as, across the Atlantic, former Hurricane Harvey is demonstrating the devastating power of nature.
Del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ makes waves in Venice
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" is an aquatic "Beauty and the Beast," a transgressive fairy tale about a young woman's love for a scaly creature from the Amazonian depths.
Like the best fables, it's also rooted in the real world: the story of a migrant from the south facing a hostile reception in a security-obsessed United States.
Matt Damon goes mini in Venice opener “Downsizing”
VENICE, Italy (AP) — "Downsizing" has generated jumbo-sized buzz at the Venice Film Festival — not least as viewers debate how to describe it.
Is it a science fiction film, a romantic comedy, a political parable, an apocalyptic thriller? Alexander Payne's movie mixes all those elements in its story of a man, played by Matt Damon, who tries to solve his problems by shrinking himself.
Bening at Venice: Still a long way to go to movie equality
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Female directors should fight film-industry sexism by making movies that appeal to as wide an audience as possible, Venice Film Festival jury president Annette Bening said Wednesday, the first day of a festival that has been criticized for a lack of female voices.
Venice Film Festival offers grit, glamour and George Clooney
VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venice Film Festival is kicking off the fall cinema season with searing drama, serious glamour and a crop of new movies vying for attention, awards and acclaim.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The estate of Michael Jackson says a 3-D version of the late singer's iconic "Thriller" video is set to debut at the Venice Film Festival more than 30 years after its original premiere.
The estate says the "latest available technology" was used to convert the 14-minute short film from an original 35mm negative to 3-D.
Although the film wasn't reedited or recut in any way, director John Landis says he was able to "use the 3-D creatively" and promises "a rather shocking surprise."
ROME (AP) — This year's Venice Film Festival will include a crime comedy by George Clooney, a Guillermo del Toro fantasy and a Darren Aronofsky thriller.
Organizers of the world's oldest film festival announced a 21-film competition lineup Thursday that features the Clooney-directed "Suburbicon," the story of a home invasion gone wrong that stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, with a script by Joel and Ethan Coen.
Portman’s Jackie Kennedy film to get Oscar season release
TORONTO (AP) — The Jackie Kennedy biopic "Jackie," starring Natalie Portman, has been acquired by Fox Searchlight, which plans to push the film directly into the Oscar season.
‘The Woman Who Left’ wins top prize at Venice Film Festival
VENICE, Italy (AP) — The black-and-white revenge tale "The Woman Who Left" by Filipino director Lav Diaz won the Golden Lion prize for best picture Saturday at the Venice Film Festival.
Andre Konchalovsky and Amat Escalante shared this year's Silver Lion for best direction for their respective films: "Paradise" from Russia and Germany and "The Untamed" from Mexico.
Tom Ford's noir thriller "Nocturnal Animals" from the U.S. won the grand jury prize.
ROME (AP) — This year's Venice Film Festival will include a stylish thriller from Tom Ford, a sci-fi drama with Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams and a star turn from Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Organizers of the world's oldest film festival announced a 20-strong competition lineup Thursday that includes fashion designer Ford's "Nocturnal Animals," with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams, Denis...