What does a festival director want? Big-name auteurs, yes; cinematic gems, for sure; and a sprinkling of younger talent ready to grab the spotlight.
Venice Film Festival
Marco Mueller is clearly straying from tried-and-tested festival templates this year, in a conceptually bold attempt to concoct a tremendously fresh and stimulating Venice.
Earlier this spring, more than one festivalgoer predicted that 2010 would be a lackluster year for Cannes and, consequently, a banner one for Venice.
Halfway through the nearly 4 1/2-hour running time of John Woo's epic "Red Cliff," two military tacticians pause to savor their momentary victory over the oppressive forces of the Han dynasty.
There are all kinds of novelities in the works at Venice.
The venerable Venice Film Festival paying tribute to commercial Italian comedies could be likened -- almost -- to the Pope praising porn.
A look at the career of John Woo
With its arching footpaths and sleek, marble-paved streets, the Floating City belongs to its constant parade of stylish pedestrians.
Venetian cuisine may not be as well known or as defined as Tuscan or Sicilian cuisine, but the city's (and Italy's) adherence to seasonality has inspired top chefs from Mario Batali to Evan Kleiman…
Don't restrict your daily intake to meetings, premieres and parties at Venice this year; even the big auteur in the sky rested on the seventh day. Here are a few delicious distractions:
Terence Chang, John Woo's longtime producing partner and closest ally in making the transition to Hollywood, dates his friendship with the Hong Kong helmer as far back as 1978.