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Every grand film festival needs a fire starter, there is always a scandal, a big auteur film intended to split audiences and critics. In Venice this year it’s the new film by Darren Aronofsky, mother! This aggressive, terrifying and deeply personal film was incendiary, outrageous and provocative.

For the first time in Venice this year, fierce boos reverberated around the Sala Darsena as the closing credits rolled. But the noise didn’t speak for the entire room: seconds later, Twitter made it clear that Aronovsky’s film had as many exhilarated admirers as it did incensed detractors.
What is rare is for such a polarising film in a major festival competition to come from a major studio, in this case Paramount, and to also offer the glitz of Hollywood, with Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Michelle Pfeiffer in the lead roles.
Darren Aronofsky, who directed The Wrestler and Black Swan, warns the audience: “This is a roller coaster ride, only come on it if you’re prepared to do the loop-the-loop a few times.”
Don’t miss “Cinémoi Goes To Venice 2017” premiering on Sunday 10th September 
Photos credit: La Biennale di Venezia, photo ASAC