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Nine Films Compete for Venice Film Festival's Queer Lion Award: VIDEO


For the last six years, the Venice International Film Festival has awarded the Queer Lion to the year's 'best movie with LGBT themes & queer culture.'  This year, nine of the festival's films--and two which are in the official competition--will vie for the award, reports The Hollywood Reporter:

Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm and Via Castellana Bandiera from Emma Dante will be among the nine films selected to compete for the seventh Queer Lion award at the upcoming Venice Film Festival.

The Queer Lion is given out each year to a film screening in an official section – in or out of competition, in the Venice Days, Critics’ Week or Horizons sections -– that “accurately portrays lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender characters.”

Tom at the Farm -- a drama about a man (played by Dolan himself) who meets the family of his recently deceased lover, unaware he was gay – and Via Castellana Bandiera – about a lesbian couple in Sicily for a friend’s wedding – are the only two films vying for the award from Venice’s competition lineup.

The Queer Lion will be awarded by a special jury led by Angelo Acerbi, a programmer at the Turin Film Festival, who will be joined by Queer Lion founder Daniel Casagrande and Marco Busato of CinemArte, an Italian arts nonprofit.

This year's Venice Biennale will take place from August 28 through September 7.  Take a look at the trailers for two of the films vying for the Queer Lion--Johanna Jackie Baier's Julia and John Krokidas's Daniel Radcliffe-starring beatnik rom-dram Kill Your Darlings--AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mindblowing Footage of Cranes Flying Over Venice: VIDEO


A new show called Earthflight is premiering tomorrow night on the BBC One in the UK which attempts to show what it's like to fly with birds, and it looks positively stunning.

Write the filmmakers: "Common cranes have been hand-reared to fly alongside a microlight to capture these images. Earthflight uses many different filming techniques to create the experience of flying with birds as they reveal some of the greatest natural and man-made monuments of the planet."

Check out the gorgeous footage, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via reddit)


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Madonna Does Not Want Your Loathsome Hydrangeas: VIDEO


At the Venice Film Festival, a worshipful fan makes the mistake of bestowing a gift of hydrangeas on Her Madgesty.


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James Franco Carves Brad Renfro's Name into His Arm for Art


The L.A. Times reports on an art installation produced for this year's Venice Biennale featuring contributions from James Franco, Douglas Gordon, Harmony Korine, Damon McCarthy, Paul McCarthy, Ed Ruscha and Aaron Young. The installation is based around James Dean's Rebel Without a Cause.

Franco, who had a hand in the other artists’ projects, also made work for this show in homage to the actor Brad Renfro, who died in 2008 at age 25 of a heroin overdose. He had Renfro’s name carved into his right arm with a switchblade, documenting the carving in photography and film. (The carving itself could be seen as one of the show’s more permanent artworks.)

Above, Franco and Renfro in a detail from a still from the 2002 film, Deuces Wild.

(via dlisted)

'En El Futuro' Wins Queer Lion Prize at Venice Film Festival


Argentinian director Mauro Andrizzi's film En El Futuro has won the Venice Film Festival's Queer Lion prize.

The Hollywood Reporter:

"En el futuro," which screened in the festival's re-vamped Orizzonti sidebar, won the Queer Lion prize over more heralded nominees including Darren Aronofsky's thriller "Black Swan," which was the festival's opening film. The Queer Lion jury, which selects a winner based on the way the film portrays gay characters, said the film won the prize for "portraying and displaying, in short episodes, spontaneous and solid love, regardless of whether it is straight or gay."

Watch a trailer for the film, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tom Ford Wins Queer Lion, Colin Firth Wins Best Actor for A Single Man at Venice Film Festival: Watch Trailer


Tom Ford won the Queer Lion for his directorial debut, A Single Man, at the Venice Film Festival. The Queer Lion award is presented independently of the official awards. However, Colin Firth walked away with the festival's offical award for Best Actor:

"The 49-year-old actor, who celebrated his birthday at the 66th festival two days before the awards, has never won a major award before, despite Bafta nominations for his parts in Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones's Diary. But his sensitive and touching portrayal of a gay man plunged into a mid-life crisis after the accidental death of his lover could see him secure an Oscar nomination."

More details about the film, which is an adaptation of the Christopher Ishwerwood novel of the same name, HERE.

Watch Tom Ford and actors at a press conference for the film, as well as the film's trailer,

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