"Human beings are unnecessary. The world would probably be better off without us"
Awards season officially kicks off at Venice, where prestige studio titles and new works from critical darlings premiere ahead of Telluride and Toronto. This year's diverse line-up showcased gems from established auteurs and emerging voices alike.
Black and white pictures and the Academy ratio were back in style; a prevalence of documentaries and new Latin American cinema prevailed over the gala-fare. Pablo Larraín proved he's at the top of political filmmaking with the bold, spectacular Jackie (premiering months after Cannes' equally spectacular Neruda). Also noteworthy is prolific Filipino director Lav Diaz— The Woman Who Left, his 226' follow up to a 485' Berlinale title A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery, took home the Leone d'Oro.
Below are Filmatique's top films of Venezia 73:
Die Einsiedler, Ronny Trocker
Frantz, François Ozon
Home, Fien Troch
Hounds of Love, Ben Young
Jackie, Pablo Larraín
Nocturnal Animals, Tom Ford
One More Time With Feeling, Andrew Dominik
Paradise, Andrei Konchalovsky
Pariente, Ivan D. Gaona
La Región Salvaje, Amat Escalante
Safari, Ulrich Seidl
Sami Blood, Amanda Kernell
La Soledad, Jorge Thielen Armand
Tarde Para La Ira, Raúl Arévalo
Une Vie, Stéphane Brizé
White Sun, Deepak Rauniyar
The Woman Who Left, Lav Diaz