Downsizing opened the festival Downsizing opened the festival

The Venice film festival notches up its 74th festival in 2017. Running from August 30 to September 8, it opened with Alexander Payne's Downsizing. The Golden Lion was won by Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape Of Water.

British filmmaker Stephen Frears (Prick Up Your Ears) will receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award. Jane Fonda and Robert Redford will receive Golden Lion awards, while their film Our Souls At Night will premiere out of competition.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A grieving mother takes on a town's police chief after the murder of her daughter goes unsolved.
Victoria And Abdul
Victoria And Abdul
Queen Victoria's friendship with a young Indian clerk.
Uninvited guests threaten a couple's relationship.
A couple embark on a bitter custody battle for their son.
An unexpected event during a day at the beach, forces a group of friends to grapple with loss.
Above The Law
Above The Law
A robber's final heist becomes mixed up in a murder conspiracy.
Beautiful Things
Beautiful Things
A symphony of consumerism and waste, built while detailing the lives of four men.
Strange Colours
Strange Colours
A young woman finds herself in an alien landscape when she travels to a remote opal mining community to see her estranged, ill father.
Under The Tree
Under The Tree
A spat between neighbours over a garden tree spirals out of control.
Bad Match
Bad Match
A playboy's life spirals out of control after he meets a woman through internet dating.
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Venice Film Festival Features

What makes a Martyr?
Mazen Khaled on male identity, death and freedom in his Biennale College film.
Venice 2017: Downsizing, Suburbicon and The Shape Of Water
Whimsical opener shrinks in face of Clooney satire and Del Toro creature feature.
Keeping score
Director Giorgio Ferrero on music and memory in his documentary hybrid Beautiful Things.
Mining the mystery
Alena Lodkina on neo-realism, longing and outsider perspective in Strange Colours.
News of a death
Lior Ashkenazi on Foxtrot and going to the edge of his emotions
Heart of the matter
Katell Quillévéré on Heal The Living, organ donation and E.T.

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