French actress Emmanuelle Seigner accepts the Venice Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Roman Polanski's movie An Officer and a Spy with the film’s producers Luca Barbareschi (right) and Alain Goldman. The prize represented a defeat for the #MeToo movement. Photo: EPA-EFE

Venice 2019: biggest losers of the film festival, from women directors to MeToo to true stories

  • World War II drama The Painted Bird, and some mediocre real-life dramas, were among the biggest losers, as was MeToo with wins for Polanski and Nate Parker
  • The focus on directors’ gender rather than the merits of their inclusion was annoying, one of the two women with films in competition said
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French actress Emmanuelle Seigner accepts the Venice Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Roman Polanski's movie An Officer and a Spy with the film’s producers Luca Barbareschi (right) and Alain Goldman. The prize represented a defeat for the #MeToo movement. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Director Todd Phillips (right) and Joaquin Phoenix with the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 76th Venice Film Festival. Photo: Reuters

Venice 2019: six takeaways from the film festival, from Oscar contenders to hit Asian cinema

  • With the 2019 Venice Film Festival wrapping up yesterday, here are the key things we learned from the star-studded 11-day event
  • The Joker showed comic book films can be compelling; Netflix films are still showing up Cannes; and Hong Kong director Yonfan came back with a bang
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Director Todd Phillips (right) and Joaquin Phoenix with the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 76th Venice Film Festival. Photo: Reuters
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