This week marks the 71st Venice Film Festival and you can only expect nothing but high art and glamour in this event.
- The Humbling. Al Pacino plays the role of an ageing actor who is having an affair with a lesbian woman 25 years younger than him in this book adaptation directed by Barry Levinson.
- Birdman. Here, Michael Keaton also plays an ageing actor who used to be famous playing a comic superhero. Keaton opposites other actors including Edward Norton and Emma Stone in this González Iñárritu directed film.
- The Cut. This is a story of a man who survived the 1915 mass slaughter of Armenians and travels all over the world looking for his daughter. This film is directed by Fatih Akin.
- The President. Mohsen Makhmalbaf is a filmmaker who is strongly socially conscious. The Iranian director gives a message of how to avoid violence in revolutions and achieve freedom in this film.
- Olive Kitteridge. Director Lisa Cholodenko teams up with Frances McDormand in this adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning-novel of Elizabeth Strouts. Lisa was already eyeing the book even before it won the Pulitzer Prize. This is a female story about the lives of the people living in a small town in New England.