74th Venice International Film Festival

Sep 9th, 2017

Fameuz.com Participates in the 74th Venice International Film Festival

The 74th Venice Film Festival, which was held from August 30 to September 9, came to an end today. The jury was presided over by the American actress Annette Bening. The festival was in step with the times, and this year, in addition to the Competition program and Out of Competition category and "Horizons", 3 new awards was announced in the Virtual Reality section.

Fameuz Introduced the New Fundraising Service

Fameuz took part in the Venice Production Bridge from August 31 to September 5, where it presented its new fundraising service to the guests and visitors of the festival. Fundraising was introduced by Fameuz to help socially relevant projects collect funds for new films of various genres, like features, documentaries, and animation. Another new service, free webinar training, which was newly introduced in the portal, will allow members of the community, anywhere in the world, to participate in short and long-term educational programs in English, Portuguese, and Russian.

From the 21 films of the main competition, Fameuz.com singled out the original works of directors such as Alexander Payne’s "Downsizing" (opening film), George Clooney's "Suburbicon", Darren Aronofsky's "Mother!", Martin McDonagh’s "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", Guillermo del Toro's "Shape of Water", Samuel Maoz's "Foxtrot", and Ai Weiwei's "Human Flow".

The Main Themes of the Competition

The main themes of the competition this year were migration, identification, life in the future, revenge, dignity, and love between foreigners. The VR section of Venice-74 was an innovative event. The entire space of a small island of the Venetian Lagoon, Lazzaretto Vecchio, was dedicated to projects for VR installations, VR experiments, and VR films. It was organized by VR Theater, where recognized masters like the American Laurie Anderson presented her project, "La Camera Insabbiata", and Taiwan's genius Tsai Ming-Liang presented "The Deserted".

A significant feature of this year's Venice Film Festival was the large number of Hollywood stars who came to support the world premiere of films with their participation, such as Matt Damon, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Ethan Hawke, Francis McDormand, Amanda Seyfried, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey to name but a few.

Winner of the Main Award

The main award, the "Golden Lion", went to Guillermo del Toro's fantastic thriller, "Shape of Water", which is also nominated for an Oscar. Xavier Legrand was named Best Director and received the "Silver Lion", whereas Charlotte Rampling and Kamel El Basha won Volpi Cups for Best Actress and Best Actor respectively. The Grand-Prix Jury Award was presented to the film "Foxtrot", directed by Samuel Maoz. The Best VR award was given to the American work "Arden's Wake", while "La Camera Insabbiata" won Best VR Experience, and Best VR Story went to "Bloodless".

This year, Russian films were not a part of the main competition, but in the Out of Competition program, the restored version of Elem Klimov's film "Go and See" (1985) was a screen with the special attention. The film received an award for its careful restoration work. A new work by Japanese classic Takeshi Kitano, "Lawlessness: The Last Chapter", premiered on the closing night of the festival; this movie ends the trilogy "Outrage".