arts • 13 Sep, 2017
Venice Film Festival Just Closed And Here’s What You Missed
Five To Watch From The World’s Oldest Film Festival
The Venice Film Festival is one of the three biggest, along with Cannes and Berlin. Despite that, this year’s festival, which is also the oldest in the world, starred a shrinking Matt Damon (even though he’s small enough already).
Damon featured in festival hit ‘Downsizing’, a cool fable for the credit-crunch generation that has the ‘Good Will Hunting’ star shrink to five inches to cut costs.
And other reasons to get excited, from the festival that just closed on the 9th September, include the return of ‘Black Swan’s’ Darren Aronofsky with ‘mother!’ that stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. The tale, rumoured to be darkly reminiscent of his earlier work, ‘Requiem For A Dream’, had celebrity chef and Vietnam-food aficionado Anthony Bourdain calling it “dark, brilliant and [it] will upset the f*ck out of people.”
And then there’s anti-establishment Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s feature-length documentary on the refugee crisis, ‘Human Flow’, Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape Of Water’, and Stephen Frear’s period piece, ‘Victoria And Abdul’, to look forward to too.
Words by David Kaye