The 5 most anticipated films of the Venice Film Festival
The best of international film
Starting today, twenty films will be competing for the coveted Golden Lion prize – 19 of them world premieres – and battle it out for the attention of critics and audiences. With a large mix of themes and cinematic directions, Buro 24/7 has highlighted 5 of the best films to look out for...
The Postman's White Nights – Andrei Konchalovsky
Russian-American director Andrei Konchalovsky's, The Postman's White Nights, tells the story of a postman who has become the only link between an far-flung village and the outside world. Even though the film is fictional, the script is based on the real-life stories of people who lived in Russia's outlying areas, Konchalovsky even involved a number of local residents to star in the film.
Birdman – Alejandro Gonzalez
The festival will kick off with the world premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's twisted comedy, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). The film features an all-star cast including Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. The lead role is former Batman star Michael Keaton who plays as an older actor struggling to move beyond his best-known role as an iconic action here.
Good Kill – Andrew Niccol
New Zealand director Andrew Niccol – who wrote The Truman Show – will soon unveil his latest creation, Good Kill, in which Ethan Hawke plays a drone operator in Afghanistan. The dramatic film is set around Hawke – the hero – who begins to doubt the correctness of his missions and gradually loses the sense of reality. The movie also stars Lenny Kravitz' daughter Zoë Kravitz.
Manglehorn – David Gordon Green
Directed by David Gordon Green, the Oscar-tipped Manglehorn, will see the legendary Al Pacino playing a small-town Texas locksmith pining over a lost romance. When he meets the possibility of a new love, Pacino faces a hard choice: to remain in the arms of the past, tormenting himself with remorse, or to start over new.
99 Homes – Ramin Bahrani
Andrew Garfield will be taking a step back from his role as Spider-Man as he stars in the new film from Ramin Bahrani, 99 Homes. Set in Orlando, Florida, the film revolves around Dennis Nash, a man evicted from his home with his mother and son by a power-hungry, real estate broker who works for the banks. In order to get his life back on track Dennis agrees to work for Mike, which leads him deep into the heart of the corrupt housing industry.