What I learned from my first Venice Film Festival as press

I am back to reality after a wonderful, exciting yet tiring few days at the Venice Film Festival and I have finished up all my reviews, which leaves me with one thing left to do – reflect on what I’ve learned during the experience.

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What I saw at the 2018 Venice Film Festival

Unless you have been living in a cave, you will know that I attended the 2018 Venice Film Festival in Italy last week. Sadly, I couldn’t afford to do the whole thing so I am now back in the UK and have finally caught up with my reviews.

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My Pics: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper leaving A Star is Born press conference at Venice Film Festival

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper hit the Lido in Venice, Italy to promote A Star is Born at the Venice Film Festival – and here are some of my pics!

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Suspiria: Venice Film Review

I became aware of Luca Guadagnino thanks to his excellent films A Bigger Splash and Call Me By Your Name, so I was naturally going to check his remake of the 1977 Italian horror film Suspiria, even though that genre isn’t my bag and it’s not the sexy romance film I know him for. And I’m glad I did, because he has just nailed it again.

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Roma: Venice Film Review

After achieving success with English-language films like Gravity and Children of Men, Alfonso Cauron has returned to his native Mexico for Roma, a family drama on a much smaller scale.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Venice Film Review

I don’t love everything Joel and Ethan Coen make. They are extremely hit and miss with me, and that’s the perfect way to describe The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – an anthology western movie telling six tales which are wildly inconsistent in tone and entertainment value.

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A Star Is Born: Venice Film Review

I am a huge Lady Gaga fan and have been for years, so I went into A Star is Born really wanting her to be good in her first lead feature film role, and she didn’t disappoint me. She didn’t exactly blow me away, but her performance is solid and her singing is both moving and powerful.

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The Favourite: Venice Film Review

After the success of The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, I was naturally very excited about Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Favourite. It also helped that it starred the wonderful Emma Stone, who surprises in a role you’ve never seen her in before.

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Emma Stone and Nicholas Hoult arrive at Venice Film Festival

Today is the world premiere of The Favourite at the Venice Film Festival, meaning the stars – Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Colman and Joe Alwyn – arrived at the Palazzo del Casino with director Yorgos Lanthimos to promote it.

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The Mountain: Venice Film Review

I knew nothing about Rick Alverson‘s The Mountain and I didn’t even have it on my list of films to watch in Venice, but I made it a last-minute addition due to the cast, and what a mistake that was.

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