Attention, film lovers! The 68th Venice Film Festival ended last Saturday, September 10th. The Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world, and now it’s considered one of the most prestigious film festivals along with Cannes and Berlin.
With “The Ides of March” starRed and filmed by George Clooney, the Venice Film Festival opened its first night.
Film directors, screen writers and movie stars from all around the world gathered together to celebrate the film festival, including Madonna. Yes, Madonna whom we know as a singer. But this time, she was in Venice as the movie director of ‘W.E‘.
There was the official award ceremony last Saturday, September 10th. Among the 10 awards, of course, the award which got the most attention was the Golden Lion awards (Il Leone d’Ore), the highest award given to the best film. The Golden Lion award went to “Faust” by Aleksander Sokurov from Russia.
The movie, “Faust”, is based on the novel Faust written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The movie was praised by the critics. According to Moscow Time, Darren Aronofsky who is one of the juries in the festival said “There are films that change you forever after you see them, and this is one of them,” He added that the decision had been unanimous.
While writing about the Venice Film Festival, I can’t stop thinking of the True/False Film Festival, which is an annual documentary film festival held in Columbia, Missouri. Just as the Venice Film Festival is the fist international film festival, True/False Film Festival is also the first international documentary film festival.
Started in 2003, the True/False Film Festival has been growing each year with more films and larger audience.
As long as they are documentary films, many movies were played at the True/False Film Festival before going to other film festivals such as Sundance Film Festival.
Who knows True/False will be as big as Venice Film festival? Columbia can be the next Venice for documentary film makers!