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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Pin Cushion
Pin Cushion
Trouble brews after the unusually close bond between a mother and daughter is disrupted when they move to a new town.
Sweet Country
Sweet Country
Australian frontier drama, told from an Aboriginal perspective.
First Reformed
First Reformed
Thriller centring on an ex-military chaplain who has lost his son and a member of his church who is grieving for her husband.
Zama
Zama
A 17th century army officer in Ascuncion, awaits transfer to Buenos Aires.
Western
Western
A group of German construction workers on a job in Bulgaria begin to compete for the approval of the locals.
The Third Murder
The Third Murder
Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defence of murder-robbery suspect Misumi - a crime he admits - but as he digs into the case, he begins to wonder if his client is guilty after all.
No Date, No Signature
No Date, No Signature
A pathologist is riven with guilt after the death of a child.
Nico, 1988
Nico, 1988
Biopic of the German singer, who sang with the Velvet Underground
Foxtrot
Foxtrot
A family's world is rocked when they are told about the death of their son.
The Insult
The Insult
A spat between Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee leads to division between their two communities.
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Venice Film Festival Features

Reconstructed heroine
Susanna Nicchiarelli on exploring character in Nico, 1988
Actors’s pride for 120 Beats Per Minute
Award-winner Biscayart on sexuality, activism and the pink condom
Green-eyed monsters
Paolo Virzì on jealousy, Hemingway's cats and adapting The Leisure Seeker
Chaos theory
Samuel Maoz on Silver Lion winner Foxtrot
Campillo’s beat goes on
Director on AIDS drama 120 BPM, writing from the heart and collaboration
On the road
Paolo Virzì on Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren and The Leisure Seeker
Taking the waters
Samuel Maoz and Lior Ashkenazi on Foxtrot
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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