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The 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival ran from September 1 to 11. Director Ridley Scott received the Glory to the Filmmaker prize and production designer Marcus Rowland received the Passion For Cinema award. The Golden Lion was won by French film Happening, directed by Audrey Diwan. Read about all the winners here.

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Starting out as a petty thief, a young man nicknamed “Rhino” quickly works his way up the criminal hierarchy in 1990s Ukraine. Rhino has only known power and cruelty, but with nothing left to lose, could he finally find a chance at redemption?
You Resemble Me
You Resemble Me
Cultural and inter-generational trauma erupt in this story about two sisters on the outskirts of Paris.
Our Father, The Devil
Our Father, The Devil
A former child soldier struggling to come to terms with her past finds her world turned upside down with the arrival of a priest whom she belives she recognises.
The King Of Laughter
The King Of Laughter
At the beginning of the 20th century, the great comic actor Eduardo Scarpetta was the king of the box office but when he decided to stage a tragedy, trouble ensued...
The Other Tom
The Other Tom
Elena is a single mother dependant on Social Services and finds her custody of her child under threat after he is diagnosed with ADD.
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song
Exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, Hallelujah.
Official Competition
Official Competition
In search of significance and social prestige, a billionaire businessman decides to make a film to leave his mark. To do it, he hires the best: a stellar team... but they have egos to match.
Inu-Oh is born with unique physical characteristics, and the horrified adults cover every inch of his body with garments, including a mask on his face... but through his creative abilities he forges a different destiny to the one they intend.
Leave No Traces
Leave No Traces
Poland, 1983. The country is shaken by the case of Grzegorz Przemyk - a high school student beaten to death by militia. Based on true events, the film follows the story of Jurek - the only witness of the beating, who overnight became the number one enemy of the state.
Divided into two chapters, Miracol follows a young novice as she sneaks out of an isolated convent to attend to an urgent matter. The second part deals with a determined police detective trying to understand what happened to her.
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Venice Film Festival Features

Hell to pay
Ellie Foumbi on child soldiers, second chances and Our Father, The Devil
Perfect timing
Juanjo Giménez on sound design, creating mood and mystery in Out of Sync
Bringing Dune to life
Donald Mowat on the make-up that has earned him an Oscar nomination
Titanic plans
Teemu Nikki on why he was inspired to write a script from a blind man's perspective
Stepping into a girl's world
Alessandro Cassigoli and Casey Kauffman on their long-term commitment to coming-of-age film Californie
The rhythms of Full Time
Director Eric Gravel on finding the right pace and story for his single mum drama
Dream collector
Shirin Neshat on Jean-Claude Carrière and Land Of Dreams

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