Venice kicks off the Awards Season (I think we have to capitalize it now by law) in a big way every year. There are always at least two major films that premiere on the Lido and this year is no exception. There's a full lineup listing here but these 13 captured my attention the most.
An extended scene was shown at Cinema-Con and, to be honest, it didn't work. What does work is Payne, and Damon and everyone involved in this film. Plus it's opening the festival. La La Land opened the festival last year. Birdman two years before that. So, there's a track record here.
This is Out of Competition but it's the most recent film by Roskam, whose previous films include the under-seen and under-appreciated The Drop and the Oscar-nominated Bullhead. For raw sex appeal you probably can't get better than these two stars.
Don't watch the trailer. It feels like it gives everything away. I'm a big fan of Lawrence and cherish her ability to really transform her very appearance according the role. Does this look a bit like Gaslight and the Oscar-nominated The Wicker Man? Does to me.
Actually, don't watch this trailer either. It might dissuade you from seeing it. Written by the Coens and directed by Clooney gives all kinds of street cred to the project but this is a hard, hard line to walk. I hope they can do it.
Sure, it's a pretentious title but so is Blue Is the Warmest Color which Kechiche also directed. Adèle Exarchopoulos's character, Adele, was one of the strongest female roles I've seen in a good long time with one of the best exits in recent cinema history.
Koreeda is a Cannes staple so it's interesting to see him on the Lido. His films have been in Competition for the Palme d'Or four times and Koreeda won the Jury Prize for his direction of Like Father, Like Son. The poster does make Murder seems a little like a genre pander...it will be intriguing to see what comes of this.
Venice is known for giving old Hollywood lions at chance to roar once more even if they can't utter above a growl. In 2014 they showed She's Funny That Way, a sweet, sometimes hilarious, mess of a film from one-time legend. Peter Bogdanovich.