Yesterday, we took a look at five of the most anticipated films at the Venice Film Festival. (In case you missed it, read it here.) Alfonso Cuaron’s film Gravity jumpstarted the 70th annual event with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock glowing on the red carpet at the ritzy Palazzo de Casino, and it will close with Thierry Ragobert’s 3D feature Amazonia on Sept. 7. With Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci helming the film festival’s jury, cinephiles are looking forward to seeing which film will snag the coveted Golden Lion Award. Here are the remaining top five films critics have been talking about the most.
‘Child of God’
As usual, James Franco is a busy guy. He just participated in his own roast which will air on Comedy Central on Sept. 2, and he’s already written and directed his second book-to-film adaptation, Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God, on the heels of his rendition of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Tim Nelson Blake stars in the film along with Franco, in a story about a depraved and violent man who attempts to live outside of social constrictions. The Coen Brothers adapted McCarthy’s book No Country For Old Men in 2007.
‘The Unknown Known’
Alongside of Alex Gibney’s documentary, The Armstrong Lie, on disgraced Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, there is a great deal of buzz surrounding Errol Morris’ documentary, The Unknown Known. It centers on the life of Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfield, and looks into his involvement in the Iraq War. Morris won an Oscar for best documentary for the polarizing The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara.
Night Moves is auteur director Kelly Reichardt’s film about three environmentalists (played by Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, and Peter Sarsgaard) who plan to blow up a dam. It’s a little reminiscent of Brit Marling’s The East and has no connection with the 1975 film with the same title starring Gene Hackman.
Parkland boasts a star studded cast for director Peter Landesman’s directorial debut, as actors Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Ron Livingston, and Mark Duplass (to name a few) will be costarring. The drama, which takes place at the Dallas Parkland hospital, reimagines the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Yes, it does sound an awful like Emilio Estevez’s 2006 film, Bobby, which centered on the last day of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, but maybe this one will offer a fresh take.
It’s looking likely that Philomena could be an Oscar contender, even if it’s a while away from March 2014. Written by Steve Coogan and directed by The Queen’s Stephen Frears (a winning combination), Judi Dench stars as a woman who goes in search of her son who she had to leave for adoption when she was a teen.