Venice 2019: Joker has last laugh with Golden Lion win

In what has to be one of the crazier award ceremonies to grace the Venice Lido on its 76th edition, Todd Phillips’ Joker took home this year’s Golden Lion in a move guaranteed to provoke a flood of hot takes, an avalanche of think pieces and further lubrication for Oscars Continue Reading


Venice 2019: The King review

★★★☆☆ The story of Henry V gets a revisionist, Netflix-backed interpretation from Animal Kingdom director David Michôd as a floppy-haired Timothée Chalamet goes boldly into the breach once more in Venice out-of-competition offering The King. “All hail the king,” proclaim the posters dotted around the Lido for Michôd’s latest. It’s Continue Reading

Venice 2019: The Truth review

★★★☆☆ This year’s Venice Film Festival launched with The Truth, a very French comedy from Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda, his first non-Japanese picture. Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is an ageing star of French cinema. Her self-aggrandizing memoirs have just been published and her screenwriter daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche), along with Continue Reading