It's fall film festival time and the 80th Venice International Film Festival, the grandest and oldest of them all, starts the circuit off with style this week. Despite the ongoing writers' and actors' strikes, the Lido is sure to be abuzz with talk of premieres of movies such as Sofia Coppola's Priscilla, David Fincher's The Killer, Michael Mann's Ferrari, and Ava DuVernay's Origin (which stars The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal). But if you can't snag a seat in a screening room at the Palazzo del Cinema, head over to AMC+ for a selection of cinematic features that debuted at Venice in recent years.
Based on a memoir by Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux, Happening is the story of Anne, a bright young student with a promising future who becomes pregnant in France in the 1960s, at a time when abortion is illegal. She resolves to act, no matter the risk. At the 2021 festival, the film won the Golden Lion, the festival's top prize. Watch Happening exclusively on AMC+.
Making history as the first trans actress to lead a film at the Venice Film Festival, Trace Lysette (Transparent) stars in this tender portrait of family, forgiveness, and acceptance as Monica, who returns home to care for the ailing mother (Patricia Clarkson) she hasn't seen in years. The movie premiered at the 2022 festival, where the audience gave Lysette an 11-½ minute standing ovation. Stream Monica on AMC+.
In this sharp comedy that skewers wealth, art, and pride, Penélope Cruz (an Oscar winner for Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Antonio Banderas star in this Spanish/Argentine production, which had its world premiere at the 2021 festival. They play egomaniacs who are commissioned by a millionaire to make a movie together. Watch Official Competition, an AMC+ Exclusive Film, now on AMC+.
This thriller tells the tale of Wall Street data analyst Richard Boca who sees ominous patterns. His computer models are behaving erratically, as are the swarms of mosquitoes breeding in his apartment, an infestation that attends his psychological meltdown. This movie was the feature film directorial debut of Filip Jan Rymsza, also a co-writer and producer, and premiered at the 2020 festival where it was awarded the Bisato d'Oro for best cinematography. Stream Mosquito State, a Shudder exclusive, on AMC+.
Premiering at the 2019 festival, Australian director Shannon Murphy's feature film debut is a moving and fresh comedy about one family's experience with first love, suburban malaise, and heavy pharmaceuticals. Eliza Scanlen, in her first film appearance (her second was as Beth in Greta Gerwig's Little Women), and Ben Mendelsohn star. Watch Babyteeth on AMC+.
That legend of French cinema, Catherine Deneuve, and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (for The English Patient) play a mother-daughter duo in this charming and wise drama of family dynamics that co-stars Ethan Hawke. The film was directed, written, and edited by Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda (winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for Shoplifters) and it premiered at the 2019 festival. Stream The Truth on AMC+.
Want more? Check out the witty and seductive Non-Fiction starring Juliette Binoche and Guillaume Canet, directed by Olivier Assayas. You can also watch Charlie Says, which focuses on cult leader Charles Manson and the Manson family women, with Matt Smith of Doctor Who fame as Charles Manson and The Walking Dead's Merritt Wever featured as well. Head over to AMC+ now to subscribe.
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