For his 90th birthday, the Venice Film Festival gave away two of the most anticipated films of the season. Bardo, false chronicle of some truthsthe return of Mexican Alejandro G. Iñárritu seven years later the born again, Y Blond, Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe biography starring Ana de Armas will be in contention for the Golden Lion, which will be presented on September 10th. Filmmakers like the Italian Luca Guadagnino, the Americans Darren Aronofsky and Laura Poitras or the Irishman Martin McDonagh will compete for the main prize of the 79th edition of the oldest film competition in the world – between wars and protests it was not held on several occasions, there turns nine decades. The Mostra also houses at the edgesthe debut behind the camera of Juan Diego Botto, with Luis Tosar and Penélope Cruz (also star of a film in competition), in the parallel section Horizontes, as well as a short film with Javier Bardem.
Apparently, his new film Iñárritu has even changed the way he “dreams”. This was reported by Alberto Barbera, artistic director of the competition, in Tuesday’s presentation. And he called the film “the creator’s most personal work.” Birdman, Lovedogs either 21 grams. With Guadagnino’s new project bones and all even more bluntly: “It is the most profound film about the marginalized USA that has been made by someone who is not from there.” There will also be cannibals and stars like Thimothée Chalamet. Poitras, author of the Oscar-winning citizen fourabout Edward Snowden, presents another documentary, All the beauty and the bloodshedfocused on photographer Nan Goldin and New York underground the seventies and eighties. And McDonagh, who just started his acclaimed career in Venice three billboards outside, the gifts Banshees of Inisherin, something of a work by Samuel Beckett in Irish sauce, according to Barbera. The whaleby Aronofsky, is also based on theater, both in its text and in its film adaptation: here is a feature film shot in total isolation in the same room due to Covid.
The presentation of the program offered some constants from the last few years: some renowned directors, different stars (there will be Sigourney Weaver, Monica Bellucci, Adam Driver, Colin Farrell, Ricardo Darín or Hugh Jackman, among others), studios like Netflix or Warner, a few bets on lesser-known authors, two series and curiosities such as a Kazakh western or a documentary about a quirky Ugandan rapper who became an MP against his country’s dictatorship. Barbera wanted to devote his first words to the invasion of Ukraine “by Putin’s imperialism,” which the documentary will also show freedom on fire, by Evgeny Afineevsky, out of competition; the prison sentence that threatens three Iranian filmmakers (the most famous, Jafar Panahi, is coming to the festival from prison with his new film, no bears); and the Turkish producer Çiğdem Mater, convicted along with filmmaker Mine Özerden and five others, “of planning a never-made documentary” about the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Istanbul.
Penélope Cruz repeats twice
Less solidly, once more, is the festival’s commitment to creators: Four years ago, Venice, along with other major competitions, signed a manifesto promising to strive for equality by sharing more information and making its selection process transparent. But the result hardly changes: This year, five female directors from 22 films are in the main competition. The Italian Susanna Nicchiarelli plays with Chiara a profile of Santa Clara; Holy Omer, the feature film debut of French director Alice Diop, tells the hard process of a mother who ends her daughter’s life; novel by her compatriot Rebecca Zlotowksi on the screen Les Enfants des Autres her troubled relationship with filmmaker Jacques Audiard; Y the eternal daughter by British actress Johanna Hogg, evokes “English ghost cinema”, in the words of Barbera.
Last year, Penélope Cruz starred in up to two competition films. And she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress for parallel mothersby Pedro Almodovar. The performer repeats a double: adding to the debut of Juan Diego Botto L’immensita, by Emanuele Crialese, the story of a couple in crisis in Rome in the 1970s, in the official competition. The list of contenders for the Golden Lion is completed by the opening film on December 31. White noiseacclaimed American director and screenwriter Noah Baumbach; tarof his compatriot Todd Field, where Cate Blanchett plays a conductor between notes and romances; Argentina, 1985a new cinematic immersion in the politics of Santiago Miter, about the traumatic trial of the military junta; Behind the wallIran’s Vahid Jalilvand, on the conflicts shaking his country; The sona new leap from theater to cinema by the French Florian Zeller, after the celebrated one The father; Athena, by French director Romain Gavras (Costa’s son), which depicts the social upheaval in a Parisian suburb after a police murder; same country and very different approach with Our ties, where Roschy Zem offers, according to Barbera, “the first French film about a middle-class North African family”; the family love life, from Japanese Koji Fukada; the umpteenth work of the indefatigable Frederick Wiseman, who at the age of 92 still manages to surprise: for once he does not present a very long documentary, but Fewan hour-long film about the correspondence between the writer Lev Tolstoy and his wife, Sofia Tolstaya. The usual Italian presence in the competition is reinforced by veteran Gianni Amelio, who tells in it The Signor of the Formiche the famous Braibanti case that revolutionized plagiarism in his country; Y monikaby Andrea Pallaoro.
There will be exhibitions, the delivery of the Golden Lions to the race for Paul Schrader and Catherine Deneuve, the personal return of parallel sections such as Venezia Classici or the section dedicated to virtual reality and it will be possible to see them call of God, the posthumous film by Korean director Kim Ki-Duk, who died from coronavirus. Olivia Wilde will present her long-awaited don’t worry darling with echoes from the truman show, and Gianfranco Rosi will show how his quirky documentary filmmaker’s perspective fits into a commissioned film that focuses on the Pope’s travels. Among such a flood of feature films, Barbera wanted to make a special mention of a few “extraordinary” short films: he quoted maid, by Argentinean Lucrecia Martel. Y Look at me, by British actress Sally Potter, starring Javier Bardem and Chris Rock. Barbera said nothing about the famous Spanish actor, but stressed that it is likely that the American comedian and performer will take part in the gala screening. things of life, of glory. And how they change when Will Smith hits you.
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