Opener of this year’s 75th Annual Venice International Film Festival is space odyssey, First Man, based on the authorised biography of moon walker Neil Armstrong, whose one small step changed history for mankind. Damien Chazelle (Gravity, La La Land) hurtles us through the troposphere on a rickety rocket in the most dangerous journey ever taken.
Without further ado, director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) had this to say to the Hollywood Reporter, “I hope that the movie comes across as a relentless experience that’s going to go deep into your skin all the way down into your spine. I want the movie to perform as the most disturbing experience you can have.”
We recently went to opening night of the incredible Roderic O’Conor exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland so catching At Eternity’s Gate is the perfect follow-up as it focuses on the last days of Vincent van Gogh before he shot himself. O’Conors’ works are on display side-by-side with paintings by Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin – artists he connected and collaborated with – and are both portrayed in this movie.
Dogtooth is disturbing, The Lobster unnerving and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer is distressing – albeit in a good way, per se. What on earth could this unique Greek filmmaker have in store for us this time? A little ray of pitch black no doubt.
On the 22nd of July, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik killed eight people by detonating a van bomb in Oslo, Norway, then traveled to the island of Utøya, posed as a police officer, and shot dead 69 people on a youth summer camp. This is the story.
The Venice Film Festival has come under fire for its lack of female representation with Jennifer Kent being the only Golden Lion hopeful. The Aussie director changed horror history with her profound psychological horror The Babadook back in 2014 and now returns to give us all the thrills.
When a movie stars Natalie Portman it’s always worth a watch. The three-time Academy Award nominee, who won Best Actress for Black Swan, may well be in the running to becoming Oscar’s next top winner.
La Biennale Di Venezia takes place from 29 August to 8 September. See the full line-up here.