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New England hits Venice for ‘Olive Kitteridge’

From left: Scriptwriter and producer Jane Anderson, Richard Jenkins, Frances McDormand, and Lisa Cholodenko at the Venice Film Festival.

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From left: Scriptwriter and producer Jane Anderson, Richard Jenkins, Frances McDormand, and Lisa Cholodenko at the Venice Film Festival.

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Frances McDormand’s miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, was filmed on the North Shore of Massachusetts last year, but it was celebrated and screened over the weekend at the 71st Venice Film Festival. McDormand, who executive produced and stars in the HBO miniseries directed by Lisa Cholodenko, walked the red carpet with her husband, Joel Coen; her costar, Rhode Island actor Richard Jenkins; and Maine and New Hampshire native Strout. Based on Variety’s review of “Olive,” we can expect some realism when HBO airs it in November. Variety’s Peter Debruge wrote that the miniseries “captures a flavor of American life experienced by many, but chronicled by few, where even after-dinner burps — or, in one scene, a case of explosive diarrhea — are details worth noting.” He also says, “As picturesque as the telepic’s Maine locations can be, Cholodenko doesn’t linger long outdoors, except to watch Olive fussing among her flower beds — one of those bits of business, like sorting pills at the pharmacy or scrubbing the fridge, that reframe human accomplishment in day-to-day terms.” Debruge also gives a mention to Harvard grad Carter Burwell, who wrote the score.

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