A legendary icon of French cinema, Catherine DENEUVE, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement for the first red carpet in Venice 79 on the evening of 31 August. The Film Festival that withstood practically everything (except the years of the Second World War 1943-1945 and 1973, 1977 and 1978), including Covid, is celebrating its first 90 years with an edition that promises to be full of great guests with in particular a limelight for the talents loved by the younger audience.
In the opening ceremony, with the godmother Rocio MUÑOZ MORALES, present in addition to the director of the exhibition Alberto Barbera and the president of the Biennale Roberto Cicutto, the full juries, starting with the one that will award the Golden Lion on 10 September, chaired by Julianne MOORE.
For the opening film, Noah BAUMBACH’s WHITE NOISE are expected Adam DRIVER, Greta GERWIG, Jodie TURNER-SMITH. On 1 September for Todd FIELD’s TAR, in competition, the divine arrives Cate BLANCHETT with Noémie MERLANT (the French actress in Portrait of the young woman in flames) and for L’ORIGINE DEL MALE by Sébastien Marnier, at Orizzonti Extra, there is the beloved LAURE CALAMY (Call my Agent, Best Actress in Horizons for Full Time at the last Venice Film Festival).
There is nothing for anyone on 2 September: it is the day of Timothée CHALAMET, now a super star, protagonist of BONES AND ALL by Luca GUADAGNINO together with Taylor RUSSELL, Mark RYLANCE, Chloe SEVIGNY. On the same day there is also Isabelle HUPPERT protagonist of LA SYNDICALISTE by Jean-Paul SALOMÉ (Orizzonti), while Shia Labeouf, PADRE PIO by Abel FERRARA (Days of the authors) is not confirmed at the moment.
Paul SCHRADER is the other Venice 79 Lifetime Achievement Lion and the award will be given to the director of Taxi Driver, American Gigolò, The Card Collector on Saturday 3 September, followed by the Out of Competition preview of the new MASTER GARDENER film that will take to the red carpet Joel EDGERTON and Sigourney WEAVER; same day for another film Out of Competition PEARL by Ti WEST which will bring the young woman to the Lido My GOTH and for the MONICA competition by Andrea PALLAORO with the transgender actress Trace LYSETTE.
On Sunday 4 September, glamor is assured by Penelope CRUZ protagonist of the film by Emanuele CRIALESE in competition L’IMMENSITA ‘, the same day as THE WHALE by Darren ARONOFSKY with Brendan FRASER and another darling of young people, Sadie SINK (Stranger Things). Also on Sunday for THE CHILDREN OF THE OTHERS by Rebecca ZLOTOWSKI there is Virginie EFIRA and for TI MANGIO IL CUORE by Pippo MEZZAPESA comes the debut actress ELODIE. Monday 5 September is one of the most anticipated days on the glam front: for the out-of-competition film DON’T WORRY DARLING by Olivia WILDE, the very successful Florence PUGH and the ‘singer’ arrive Harry STYLES on the red carpet with fellow actress and director Wilde in addition to the rest of the cast with Chris PINE and Gemma CHAN, while accompanying the film THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN by Martin MCDONAGH are Colin FARRELL and Brendan GLEESON and for AMANDA by Carolina CAVALLI a Orizzonti Extra there is Benedetta PORCAROLI.
Tuesday 6 September for THE LORD OF THE ANTS by Gianni AMELIO there is the whole cast starting with the protagonist Luigi LO CASCIO with Elio GERMANO, Leonardo Maltese, Sara SERRAIOCCO and on the occasion of the Cartier glory to the filmmaker award to Walter HILL to accompany his new film, out of competition, DEAD FOR A DOLLAR arrive Christoph WALTZ and Willem DAFOE. On the red carpet of THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER by Joanna HOGG, in competition, is Tilda SWINTON.
Wednesday 7 September a super cast accompanies the film THE SON by Florian ZELLER: Hugh JACKMAN, Laura DERN and Vanessa KIRBY, while Casey AFFLECK and young talent Noah JUPE arrive for Bill POHLAD’s DREAMIN ‘WILD, out of competition.
Thursday 8 September is the day of Andrew DOMINIK’s long-awaited BLONDE, competing with the disturbing one Ana DE ARMAS in the role of Marilyn Monroe, while for SICCITÁ by Paolo VIRZÌ, out of competition, an Italian platoon arrives with Claudia PANDOLFI, Silvio ORLANDO, Valerio MASTANDREA, Sara SERRAIOCCO, Monica BELLUCCI, Vinicio MARCHIONI, Emanuela FANELLI. Friday, September 9th for CHIARA by Susanna NICCHIARELLI, in competition, with Margherita MAZZUCCO (the popular Lenù of the Genial Friend) and Andrea CARPENZANO; same day for Oliver STONE who takes the documentary NUCLEAR out of competition and for Javier BARDEM starring with Chris ROCK in Sally POTTER’s short LOOK AT ME. Saturday 10 September the curtain falls on Venice 79 with the night of the Lions: for the closing film, in the meantime, there is a star: Alessandro BORGHI protagonist of THE HANGING SUN by Francesco CARROZZINI.
Last but not least Federica PELLEGRINI: the swimming super champion is expected at the Lido among the winners of the Filming Italy Best Movie on 4 September immediately after her wedding with Matteo Giunta.
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