Venice Film Festival

Audrey Diwan’s L’Événement wins the Golden Lion at Venice 2021

By David Jenkins

The searing French takes home the top prize, plus all the other winners from this year’s awards ceremony.

The Last Duel – first-look review

By Rafaela Sales Ross

Appealing turns from Ben Affleck and Jodie Comer can’t save Ridley Scott’s bloated historical epic.

Old Henry – first-look review

By Steph Green

Potsy Ponciroli’s defiantly old school oater is a modest treat with a barnstorming turn from Tim Blake Nelson.

Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon – first-look review

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Ana Lily Amirpour returns with a blissed-out, techno-powered riff on the time-honoured superhero movie.

L’Événement – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Audrey Divan’s lacerating and necessary drama follows a young student seeking a clandestine abortion in 1960s France.

Lost Illusions – first-look review

By Adam Solomons

Xavier Giannoli’s pristine adaptation of Balzac’s ‘Illusions Perdues’ is a raunchy romp through post-Revolution France.

Sundown – first-look review

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Mexican cine-sadist Michel Franco returns with another cravenly bleak drama about life as a pageant of eternal suffering.

Last Night in Soho – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Edgar Wright’s lively London-set giallo, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie, fails to deliver on its fascinating premise.

Official Competition – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Big laughs and searing insights into the artistic process power this highly enjoyable film world satire.

Il Buco – first-look review

By David Jenkins

This unique journey to the centre of the earth is a stunning highlight of the 2021 Venice Film Festival.

True Things – first-look review

By Steph Green

Harry Wootliff’s follow up to 2018’s Only You focuses on a relationship so toxic it’s almost radioactive.

The Lost Daughter – first-look review

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Olivia Colman displays her dark side in Maggie Gyllenhaal's sun-bleached psychodrama about motherhood in crisis.

Dune – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Timothée Chalamet brings a commanding central presence to this stirring new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’.

Spencer – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Kristen Stewart excels in this psychological portrait of Princess Diana, but a heavy-handed script lets things down.

The Card Counter – first-look review

By David Jenkins

It’s Taxi Driver with poker chips in Paul Schrader’s phenomenally entertaining existential thriller.

The Hand of God – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Paolo Sorrentino gets personal in this hit-and-miss tale of a world-famous footballer and a filmmaker’s creative birth.

The Power of the Dog – first-look review

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Jane Campion doesn’t so much dissect masculinity as explode it in her dirt-smudged adaptation of Thomas Savage’s western.

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