78th Venice International Film Festival

09/01/2021

Festival Reviews

The Stranger

The Stranger

Palestine’s 2022 Oscar submission is a brooding story of lives in limbo in the Golan Heights, stunningly shot and wrenching in its moving evocation of a man mired in self-loathing and paralyzed by the physical and existential no-man’s land resulting in the Israeli occupation and the disaster in Syria.

The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog

Jane Campion’s bold cinematic interpretation of Thomas Savage’s novel about cattle ranchers in 1920’s Montana is a sensuous, aestheticized Netflix release, whose meticulous detail and gay subplot are admirable but a little tiring.

Vera Dreams of the Sea

Vera Dreams of the Sea

Kosovo’s Kaltrina Krasniqi makes an impressive feature debut with this beautifully measured drama about a once-compliant 60-something widow who attempts to deflect the malevolent traditional patriarchy in a nation on the edge of change.

White Building

White Building

Kavich Neang ends his feature debut White Building with a beautiful shot of his protagonist Samnang (Piseth Chhun) looking out enigmatically upon a Cambodian countryside cloaked in a darkening blue as the light gradually fades away. It’s a deeply satisfying image,...

Django & Django

Django & Django

Quentin Tarantino explains his love for Sergio Corbucci’s Spaghetti Westerns and reveals a lot about his own work in the process in Luca Rea’s irresistible, eye-opening documentary.

Full Time

Full Time

Life is more than a little hectic for the protagonist of Full Time (Temps plein), a single mother of two who’s trying to keep down one job while trying to find another as traffic strikes wreak further havoc on her ability to juggle all her duties. This naturalistic...

The Stranger

The Stranger

Palestine’s 2022 Oscar submission is a brooding story of lives in limbo in the Golan Heights, stunningly shot and wrenching in its moving evocation of a man mired in self-loathing and paralyzed by the physical and existential no-man’s land resulting in the Israeli occupation and the disaster in Syria.

The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog

Jane Campion’s bold cinematic interpretation of Thomas Savage’s novel about cattle ranchers in 1920’s Montana is a sensuous, aestheticized Netflix release, whose meticulous detail and gay subplot are admirable but a little tiring.

Vera Dreams of the Sea

Vera Dreams of the Sea

Kosovo’s Kaltrina Krasniqi makes an impressive feature debut with this beautifully measured drama about a once-compliant 60-something widow who attempts to deflect the malevolent traditional patriarchy in a nation on the edge of change.

White Building

White Building

Kavich Neang ends his feature debut White Building with a beautiful shot of his protagonist Samnang (Piseth Chhun) looking out enigmatically upon a Cambodian countryside cloaked in a darkening blue as the light gradually fades away. It’s a deeply satisfying image,...

Django & Django

Django & Django

Quentin Tarantino explains his love for Sergio Corbucci’s Spaghetti Westerns and reveals a lot about his own work in the process in Luca Rea’s irresistible, eye-opening documentary.

Full Time

Full Time

Life is more than a little hectic for the protagonist of Full Time (Temps plein), a single mother of two who’s trying to keep down one job while trying to find another as traffic strikes wreak further havoc on her ability to juggle all her duties. This naturalistic...

Awards Corner

Venice

  • Golden Lion for Best Film
    Happening (France)
    Director: Audrey Diwan
  • Silver Lion for Grand Jury Prize
    The hand of god (Italy)
    Director: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Silver Lion for Best Director
    The Power of the Dog (New Zeland, Australia, Canada, UK, USA)
    Director: Jane Campion
  • Special Jury Prize for Special Jury Price
    Il Buco (Germany, Italy, France)
    Director: Michelangelo Frammartino
  • Award for Best Screenplay
    The Lost Daughter (Greece, USA)
    Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Coppa Volpi for Best Actress
    Madres Paraleles (Spain)
    Penelope Cruz
  • Coppa Volpi for Best Actor
    On the job: Missing 8 (Philippines)
    John Arcilla
  • Marcelo Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress
    The hand of god (Italy)
    Filippo Scotti