Actor and mannequin Adriana Lima arrives on the day of the eve of the opening of the 78th Venice Worldwide Movie Competition, in Venice, Italy, August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
September 1, 2021
By Silvia Aloisi and Hanna Rantala
VENICE (Reuters) – The Venice movie competition opens on Wednesday with a wealthy line-up and the return of Hollywood stars who had largely abandoned it final yr as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, as cinema appears to be like ahead to shaking off the disaster triggered by the well being emergency.
Organisers hope a strict coronavirus protocol will assist preserve the 11-day film marathon hassle free. Theatres are working at half capability and a wall is obstructing the view to the crimson carpet to cease crowds from gathering exterior the principle venue, Palazzo del Cinema, to get an autograph. Face masks and a well being passport – or a unfavorable COVID take a look at – are required to attend screenings.
“All people in every single place is keen to come back again, to reopen, to restart, to launch the movies that stayed on the shelf for a yr and a half or perhaps two years,” competition director Alberto Barbera instructed Reuters forward of the opening ceremony.
He mentioned that a lot of the world premieres to be screened on the competition have been already offered out, and promised that there could be no scarcity of celebrities – regardless that followers won’t be able to get anyplace close to them.
“The crimson carpet can be one of the crucial crowded in years as a result of everyone is right here … from Timothee Chalamet to Zendaya, from Jessica Chastain to Matt Damon, Ben Affleck. The checklist is so lengthy I can’t keep in mind everyone.”
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar kicks off the competition, the world’s oldest and a showcase for Oscar contenders as awards season approaches, with “Parallel Moms,” starring Penelope Cruz as one among two single ladies about to provide beginning in the identical hospital.
Different titles vying for the Golden Lion award for finest movie embody Jane Campion’s “The Energy of the Canine,” with Benedict Cumberbatch as a ranch proprietor who torments a younger widow (Kirsten Dunst), and Kristen Stewart’s flip as Princess Diana in “Spencer.”
Paolo Sorrentino, who will supply a extremely private movie in regards to the lack of his mother and father when he was 17, is one among 5 Italian administrators in the principle line-up.
In the meantime Maggie Gyllenhaal presents her debut function film “The Misplaced Daughter,” based mostly on an Elena Ferrante novel and starring Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson.
Ridley Scott’s medieval epic “The Final Duel” starring Damon and Affleck, and Denis Villeneuve’s hotly anticipated science-fiction story “Dune,” with Chalamet and Zendaya, will each display out of competitors.
Chloe Zhao, the director of final yr’s Golden Lion winner, “Nomadland” – which went on to scoop up Oscars for finest image, director and actress – is a part of this yr’s jury, led by one other Oscar winner, South Korean “Parasite” director Bong Joon-ho.
(Extra reporting by Mike Davidson; Modifying by Mark Porter)