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  • Marco11
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    I thought is was time to start a topic, since the line up has been unveiled:

    https://www.indiewire.com/2018/07/venice-film-festival-movie-slate-2018-1201987544/

    Wiseman, Morris, Kusturica, Schnabel, Leigh, Lanthimos, Guadagnino, Assayas, the Coen Brothers. I might be biased, but I think this is a rich lineup, for everyone’s tastes.

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    Marco11
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    Oh, and I might be there this time. If so, expect some daily comments on the films screened!

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    chanelmoviestar
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    I’m most interested in First Man, Vox Lux, The Favourite, and A Star Is Born

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    Honey
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    Naomi Watts is in the jury!

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    FairWeatherAffair
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    I can appreciate that Venice likes to take a more mainstream route than many of the top-tier festivals (especially in a time when many write them off; or perhaps, is this why they get written off?), but comments like the one under the Indiewire article, claiming that this lineup is better than Cannes, make me laugh. This is not a better lineup, but it is more accessible, and I suppose that counts for something.

    Either way, looking forward to some of the premieres: Assayas, Audiard, Leigh, Martone, Tsukamoto.

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    Marco11
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    I can appreciate that Venice likes to take a more mainstream route than many of the top-tier festivals (especially in a time when many write them off; or perhaps, is this why they get written off?), but comments like the one under the Indiewire article, claiming that this lineup is better than Cannes, make me laugh. This is not a better lineup, but it is more accessible, and I suppose that counts for something.

    You know, I agree with you about the quality comparison with Cannes – from my point of view, I think I probably usually prefer the French lineup if I look back at previous years. But I’m a strong fan of this one, because it really is for everyone. You have a lot to enjoy if you’re into mainstream cinema and you equally have lot to enjoy if you’re the severe and rigorous cinephile.

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    FairWeatherAffair
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    I can appreciate that Venice likes to take a more mainstream route than many of the top-tier festivals (especially in a time when many write them off; or perhaps, is this why they get written off?), but comments like the one under the Indiewire article, claiming that this lineup is better than Cannes, make me laugh. This is not a better lineup, but it is more accessible, and I suppose that counts for something.

    You know, I agree with you about the quality comparison with Cannes – from my point of view, I think I probably usually prefer the French lineup if I look back at previous years. But I’m a strong fan of this one, because it really is for everyone. You have a lot to enjoy if you’re into mainstream cinema and you equally have lot to enjoy if you’re the severe and rigorous cinephile.

    I think you’re right on the mark. Ultimately, for one reason or another, this lineup will excite more people than if it appealed to a specific taste level. But, sometimes I can’t help but recoil when I see names like Cuarón or Lanthimos (what happened to him post-Dogtooth?).

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    Marco11
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    Hi everyone! I’m on a train on my way to Venice – I’ll be at the festival for its whole run. As a film student I have the cheapest and the worst accredit, which means I have very limited and later screenings for each film, I’ll be about two days behind the critics and sometimes have to fight with the general public for a seat.

    Still, I have access to every single film screened, from the Classics to the Main Competition and all the other sections; therefore I’ll have the extremely difficult task to alternate between a screening and another, some tourism (never been to Venice in my life, and it takes two and a half hour to get there from my place – shame on me!) and some studying for an imminent exams.
    There will be days when I’ll watch one or no films and others when I’ll watch three or four. My aim is to focus on the Main Competition but also to give adeguate space to smaller films and unknown directors. I’ll try to post a very brief conment, the equivalent of a tweet or so, on each of them. There will be no interesting or significant screening for my poor accredit until 30th morning (First Man, Damien Chazelle), so I’ll try to post regularly from that day!

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    Diet Teridax
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    Hi everyone! I’m on a train on my way to Venice – I’ll be at the festival for its whole run. As a film student I have the cheapest and the worst accredit, which means I have very limited and later screenings for each film, I’ll be about two days behind the critics and sometimes have to fight with the general public for a seat.

    Still, I have access to every single film screened, from the Classics to the Main Competition and all the other sections; therefore I’ll have the extremely difficult task to alternate between a screening and another, some tourism (never been to Venice in my life, and it takes two and a half hour to get there from my place – shame on me!) and some studying for an imminent exams.
    There will be days when I’ll watch one or no films and others when I’ll watch three or four. My aim is to focus on the Main Competition but also to give adeguate space to smaller films and unknown directors. I’ll try to post a very brief conment, the equivalent of a tweet or so, on each of them. There will be no interesting or significant screening for my poor accredit until 30th morning (First Man, Damien Chazelle), so I’ll try to post regularly from that day!

    Shit, I’m jealous of you! I really hope you enjoy yourself while you’re there. To be honest, you will probably enjoy more of a variety of the films there than many others would, including me. So many auteurs, Venice will be like heaven to you I’m sure. Congrats on getting to go and have fun with all your cinematic experiences.

    For your Goldderby Film Awards consideration: Isle of Dogs for every category, especially Music Score for Alexandre Desplat!

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    Aunt Peg
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    Whether the Venice line-up turns out ‘better’ than Cannes line-up remains to be seen.

    I’ve seen 17 of the 2018 Cannes main competition line-up so far and to be honest only 9 were IMO worthy of a competition place. Four very good films, five good ones, one of which displayed what was the best performance in any of the films I have seen (Tao Zhao in Ash is Purest White).

    Six of the films were mediocre and/or missteps, one was bad and one would rank as one of the worst films I have ever endured (Capernaum). If anyone is into poverty porn tan Capernaum should prove a nice fit.

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    Eden
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    Hi everyone! I’m on a train on my way to Venice – I’ll be at the festival for its whole run. As a film student I have the cheapest and the worst accredit, which means I have very limited and later screenings for each film, I’ll be about two days behind the critics and sometimes have to fight with the general public for a seat.

    Still, I have access to every single film screened, from the Classics to the Main Competition and all the other sections; therefore I’ll have the extremely difficult task to alternate between a screening and another, some tourism (never been to Venice in my life, and it takes two and a half hour to get there from my place – shame on me!) and some studying for an imminent exams. There will be days when I’ll watch one or no films and others when I’ll watch three or four. My aim is to focus on the Main Competition but also to give adeguate space to smaller films and unknown directors. I’ll try to post a very brief conment, the equivalent of a tweet or so, on each of them. There will be no interesting or significant screening for my poor accredit until 30th morning (First Man, Damien Chazelle), so I’ll try to post regularly from that day!

    Have a wonderful trip! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

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    LaChienne
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    Hi everyone! I’m on a train on my way to Venice – I’ll be at the festival for its whole run.

    We just missed each other, Marco! I’m traveling and just left Venice. I’m so jealous I couldn’t stay to see the festival, enjoy it for me!! QQ

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    Mauricio Gonzalez
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    First Man First Reactions

    ROBBIE COLLIN: Wisely, Chazelle has opted to leave spectacle to the blockbusters and instead aims for awe – which is related, but different, and harder to pull off.
    PETER BRADSHAW: Chazelle tells Armstrong’s story with certainty and verve.
    OWEN GLEIBERMAN: A movie so revelatory in its realism, so gritty in its physicality, that it becomes a drama of thrillingly hellbent danger and obsession.
    DAVID ROONEY: This sober, contemplative picture has emotional involvement, visceral tension, and yes, even suspense, in addition to stunning technical craft.
    MICHAEL NORDINE: A powerful experience that will inspire renewed awe of what Armstrong and his ilk did. It may not be a giant leap for filmmaking, but it’s another small step for this filmmaker.
    FIONNUALA HALLIGAN: It’s a beautifully made film, with an impeccable lead performance from Ryan Gosling as the sober, sensitive astronaut. Yet it’s also a film which takes elegant flight but stalls across its extended closing sequences.
    DAVID OPIE: Ryan Gosling might be the hero of First Man, but the star that shines brightest in these moments is Claire Foy, firing up like the rockets that threaten to take Armstrong away from his family for good.
    LEONARDO GOI: In its tragic undertones, complex psychological edifice, and claustrophobic visuals, First Man stands out, in both content and form, as a remarkable, jaw-dropping departure from anything Chazelle has previously made.
    JESSICA KIANG: Steering an astonishingly accomplished path between the small steps and the giant leaps of the Apollo 11 mission, reigning Best Director Damien Chazelle opens the 75th Venice Film Festival with First Man, an immersive, immaculately crafted, often spectacular and satisfyingly old-fashioned epic that may well become the definitive moon-landing movie.

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    Marco11
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    I think I prefer First Man to La La Land; I didn’t find it to be a great film but there was something more interesting in it. First Man can be many things, one of which is a traditional biopic as Pulp feared, but there’s more than that, maybe in a slightly confusing way: shots à la Malick-Lubezki, tensions between the public and the private persona, a good exploration of different spaces, and last but not least some adequate cinematography (a more competent friend of mine here doesn’t agree). Other elements didn’t quite worked – es., some accents on race and society felt very forced, this was a more personal drama – but overall a satisfying way to start the festival.

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    forwardswill
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    I think I prefer First Man to La La Land; I didn’t find it to be a great film but there was something more interesting in it. First Man can be many things, one of which is a traditional biopic as Pulp feared, but there’s more than that, maybe in a slightly confusing way: shots à la Malick-Lubezki, tensions between the public and the private persona, a good exploration of different spaces, and last but not least some adequate cinematography (a more competent friend of mine here doesn’t agree). Other elements didn’t quite worked – es., some accents on race and society felt very forced, this was a more personal drama – but overall a satisfying way to start the festival.

    What did you think of the performances?

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