Venice Film Festival 2009

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After last year's disappointing crop of new films, the Venice Film Festival is bouncing back with an extraordinary lineup for 2009, including new films by George Clooney, Werner Herzog, George Romero, Michael Moore, Giuseppe Tornatore and Oliver Stone. Over the next week, David Jenkins will be posting exclusive first-look reviews of all the biggest films.

 

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The Men Who Stare at Goats

Directed by Grant HeslovGeorge Clooney takes the lead alongsideEwan McGregor in this hysterical adaptationof Jon Ronson's conspiracy-theory exposé

36 Vues du Pic Saint Loup


Directed by Jacques Rivette

New Wave survivor Rivette's new film is
a charming tribute to the artistic life, as seen
through the eyes of a group of circus folk

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Capitalism: A Love Story

Directed by Michael MooreTrusted provocateur Moore's latest film focuses on the worldwide economic collapse – with typically tubthumping results

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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

Directed by Werner HerzogHerzog's second film at this year's festival is a stunningly impressive, twisted American crime story produced by David Lynch

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Persécution
Directed by Patrice Chéreau
A frosty and challenging tale of broken love
between Parisian thirtysomethings

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White Material

Directed by Claire Denis'35 Shots of Rum' director Denis returns witha striking tale of French colonial activity inAfrica, starring Isabelle Huppert

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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Directed by Werner HerzogHerzog goes mainstream with this bizarreand unnecessary Nicolas Cage remake ofthe Abel Ferrara-Harvey Keitel crime classic

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The Road

Directed by John HillcoatViggo Mortensen stars in this long-awaitedadaptation of Cormac McCarthy's PulitzerPrize winning post-apocalyptic masterpiece
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Life During Wartime

Directed by Todd SolondzIndie provocateur Solondz returns with asequel to his 1998 hit 'Happiness', with a cast including Paul 'Pee Wee' Reubens, Ally Sheedy and Charlotte Rampling.

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