A still from No. 7 Cherry Lane, the new animated film from Hong Kong director Yonfan which is in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

‘All the evil came out’: filmmaker Yonfan talks Hong Kong protests and his 1967-set film No.7 Cherry Lane

  • ‘Everywhere people are asking me’ about what is happening in Hong Kong, says director, who explains it is a coincidence riots are the backdrop to his film
  • He explains why he chose animation to tell a love story, denies it is influenced by Wong Kar-wai, and says he doesn’t know if he’ll make another film
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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A still from No. 7 Cherry Lane, the new animated film from Hong Kong director Yonfan which is in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
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Joaquin Phoenix in a still from Joker (category IIB), directed by Todd Phillips. Robert De Niro and Frances Conroy co-star. Photo: Nico Tavernise

Venice 2019: Joker film review – Joaquin Phoenix excels as DC Comics super villain in wrenching origin story

  • This sublime portrayal of disturbed loner Arthur Fleck and his transformation is utterly compelling. Phoenix gives one of the performances of the year
  • Director Todd Phillips takes inspiration from Martin Scorsese films Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy – Robert De Niro even plays a comedy-show host
Topic |   American films

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Joaquin Phoenix in a still from Joker (category IIB), directed by Todd Phillips. Robert De Niro and Frances Conroy co-star. Photo: Nico Tavernise
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