Al Pacino vies for Gold at Venice Film Festival

Al Pacino vies for Gold at Venice Film Festival
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He is 74 years young and still going strong. Al Pacino hit the red carpet at the Venice film festival where the iconic US actor stars in two movies this year.

In ‘Manglehorn’ by independent film director David Gordon Green, Pacino plays a small-town locksmith who fails to unlock his own damaged heart.

The screening won mixed reviews with some critics describing it as his finest performance in years while others called it a "disappointment.

Pacino’s second appearance is in Barry Levinson’s ‘The Humbling’, an adaptation of the Philip Roth novel of the same name, in which he plays an aged actor, whose world is turned upside down when he embarks on an affair with a much younger woman.

Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto was in Venice to present his new work ‘Fires on the Plain’, a Second World War thriller described by one critic as "a brilliantly bonkers film (that) reminds us war is hell".

A loose remake of Kon Ichikawa’s 1959 classic, it stars Tsukamoto himself as Private Tamura who tries to reach safety following the defeat of the Japanese in the Philippines during WWII.

Infused with grotesque gore and unnerving camerawork, the movie shocked some festival-goers with its blunt visuals and scenes involving cannibalism.

'A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence' is eccentric Swedish director Roy Andersson’s fifth full length feature in his more than four-decade long career.

It tells the story of Sam and Jonathan, two travelling salesmen peddling novelty items, including vampire fangs and laugh bags, who take viewers on a kaleidoscopic wandering through human destinies.

And one of three Italian films competing for the Golden Lion this year, 'Il giovane favoloso' tells the story of celebrated Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi.

Starring Elio Germano and Isabella Ragonese, Mario Martone’s movie tells a story of genius, suffering, poetry and love, and was warmly received by the audience in Venice.

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