venice film festival 2019

Venice film festival: shock and awe as Joker – and Roman Polanski – triumph

Venice film festival: shock and awe as Joker – and Roman Polanski – triumph

Comic book movie starring Joaquin Phoenix takes top award and An Officer and a Spy wins grand jury prizeJoker, Todd Phillips’ mordant spin on Gotham’s grinning antihero, has won the Golden Lion award
Moffie review – soldiers on the frontline of homophobia

Moffie review – soldiers on the frontline of homophobia

Hidden passions add to the brutish hell of apartheid-era South African conscripts in Oliver Hermanus’s skilfully tense dramaMoffie, screening in the Orizzonti sidebar at Venice, is a tense, stealthy
Meryl Streep on the Panama Papers: ‘People died to get the word out’

Meryl Streep on the Panama Papers: ‘People died to get the word out’

Ahead of the Venice premiere of The Laundromat, actor pays tribute to murdered journalist Daphne Caruana GaliziaMeryl Streep, the star of The Laundromat, Steven Soderbergh’s irreverent comedy about
Joker review – Joaquin Phoenix’s villain has last laugh in twisted tale

Joker review – Joaquin Phoenix’s villain has last laugh in twisted tale

Todd Phillips’s daring reboot of the DC Comics antihero is brilliantly brought to life by its star – with a little help from Martin ScorseseJoaquin Phoenix provides a comic-book hero for the left
Ad Astra review: Brad Pitt reaches the stars in superb space-opera with serious daddy issues

Ad Astra review: Brad Pitt reaches the stars in superb space-opera with serious daddy issues

The actor blasts off in search of long-lost pops Tommy Lee Jones in James Gray’s intergalactically po-faced take on Apocalypse NowBrad Pitt is an intergalactic Captain Willard, taking a fraught
Roman Polanski attacks 'absurd' abuse accusations on eve of Venice premiere

Roman Polanski attacks 'absurd' abuse accusations on eve of Venice premiere

Director portrayed as persecuted victim of ‘neo-feminist McCarthyism’ in interview for latest film An Officer and a SpyThe figure of Roman Polanski hung once again over the Venice film festival on its
Jury members clash over Roman Polanski as Venice film festival opens

Jury members clash over Roman Polanski as Venice film festival opens

The controversial film-maker’s inclusion and the event’s poor record on female representation dominated the opening press conferenceThe controversial inclusion of Roman Polanski in the 76th Venice
Venice to open with Kore-eda's The Truth, Toronto with film about the Band

Venice to open with Kore-eda's The Truth, Toronto with film about the Band

Palme d’Or winner’s new film starring Catherine Deneuve to kick off the Venice film festival, while Toronto gets a documentary about the legendary folk-rockersThe Truth, the new film from