VENICE: FNE TV looks at how Venice Film Festival celebrated its 80th birthday. We sum up the festival and talk to some of the participants.

VENICE: Poor Things (UK) directed by Yorgos Lanthimos was awarded the top prize in the main competition of the 80th Venice Film Festival, which took place from 30 August to 9 September 2023. The Special Jury Prize went to Green Border / Zielona granica (Poland, Czech Republic, France, Belgium) directed by Agnieszka Holland, which also picked up a number of collateral awards.

VENICE: FNE spoke to Ivan Ostrochovský and Pavol Pekarčík the directors of the Slovak/Czech/Ukrainian coproduction Photophobia, which screened in the Venice Days section of the festival winning the Europe Cinemas Label Award.

FNE asked Pascal Diot how the Venice Production Bridge has evolved since it started eight years ago.

CANNES: Jeanne du Barry, the out of competition opening film of Cannes Film Festival directed by Maïwenn, is likely to be overshadowed by the return to the embrace of major production by Johnny Depp. It could hardly be called a comeback as Depp never really left the limelight although he did lose out on some of his Hollywood contracts as his acrimonious and globally publicised court case with ex-partner Amber Heard was probably more watched than any of his fictional screen appearances.

CANNNES: Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s Fallen Leaves, the fourth part of working-class trilogy Shadows in Paradise, Ariel, and The Match Factory, screens in competition in Cannes although one could ask how there could be four films in a trilogy.

CANNES: Asteroid City is the third film of American scriptwriter and director Wes Anderson to screen in competition in Cannes. His Moonrise Kingdom screened in competition in Cannes in 2012 and his COVID-delayed The French Dispatch about a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th century French city screened in Cannes in 2021.

CANNES: American director, scriptwriter and producer Todd Haynes screens in competition with May December a film about a May December romance with a very interesting twist. Haynes is well known for his films about celebrities and showbiz personalities that kicked off with his 1987 film about Karen Carpenter. But it was his 2002 Far From Heaven, which screened in competition in Venice and was nominated for an Academy Award, that really put him on the map. Since then he has spent 40 years looking at famous musicians, gay and gender roles and our dis-functional society.

CANNES: Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan has become a Cannes regular since his film Uzak (Distant) won the Cannes Grand Prix in 2003. Since then he has racked up prizes in Cannes that include Best Director for his 2008 Three Monkeys, the Grand Prix for his 2011 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and the Palme d’Or for his Winter Sleep in 2014.

BRATISLAVA: The documentary Photophobia directed by Ivan Ostrochovský and Pavol Pekarčík will have its world premiere in the Special Events programme of the 20th Giornate degli Autori, which will be held 30 August – 9 September 2023 alongside the 80th Venice Film Festival. The film is a coproduction between Slovakia, Czech Republic and Ukraine.