Ven­er­a­ble film fest still has old-time glam­our

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Once upon a time, the world was full of pres­ti­gious film fes­ti­vals, each of which wielded a sim­i­lar de­gree of in­flu­ence. Ber­lin, Venice and even Karlovy Vary all man­aged to make and break ma­jor ca­reers. In re­cent decades those Pre­mier League fests have, how­ever, lost some of their shine. Toronto now owns the au­tumn and Cannes has cap­tured spring.

For all that, the Venice Film Fes­ti­val, the old­est ma­jor film event in the world, still clutches a unique class of musty glam­our about it­self. Last week the or­gan­is­ers an­nounced the line up for the 65th fes­ti­val, which be­gins on Au­gust 27th, and, thanks to the Hol­ly­wood writ­ers strike, English­language re­leases were no­table for their scarcity.

Still, vis­i­tors to the Lido will get a chance to gawp at such in­trigu­ing beasts as Dar­ren Aronof­sky’s The Wrestler, star­ring none other than Mickey Rourke, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker.

More ex­cit­ing still, the fes­ti­val will un­spool the di­rec­to­rial de­but of Guillermo Ar­riaga, writer of Amores Per­ros and 21 Grams. The Burn­ing Plain, which stars Char­l­ize Theron and Kim Basinger, sounds as if it will once again high­light Ar­riaga’s tal­ent for un­con­ven­tional nar­ra­tive struc­tures.

“There are very in­tense love sto­ries here that take place in dif­fer­ent places and times,” he said re­cently. “And char­ac­ters try­ing to find the heal­ing pow­ers of love, for­give­ness and re­demp­tion.” Sounds like a hoot.

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