THE BEST-LOVED RED CARPET
The Venice Film Festival is one of the most glamourous events on the showbiz calendar...
(Prize) for the best screenplay, the Golden Lion Career Award, won in 2016 by JeanPaul Belmondo and Jerzy Skolimowski; the Marcello Mastroianni Award for the best emerging actor or actress and the Orizzonti Award for the best original screenplay.
VENEZIA 74 OFFICIAL SELECTION
The line-up of films scheduled to premiere at the Venice Film Festival was announced at the end of July, at the time of going to press. In addition to marking the return of Italian cinema, this edition will feature an all-star program of international guests including George Clooney, Matt Damon and Jennifer Lawrence. Vying for the Golden Lion this year are 21 world premieres featuring dominant themes such as family and immigration. In particular, following the opening of the fest with Alexander Payne's Downsizing, other notable blockbusters include Human Flow directed by Ai Weiwei, and Darren Aronofsky's psychodrama Mother!, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Other must-sees are George Clooney's Suburbicon and The Shape of Water directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Among the innovations announced, this year's festival will see an unusual role reversal. For the first time in Venice, a patron rather than a patroness has been chosen to host the festival, and this year, after an 11-year run of male presidents, the position of Jury President will be held by a woman. American actress, Annette Bening a four-time Oscar nominee (The Grifters, 1991; American Beauty, 1999; Being Julia, 2004 and The Kids Are All Right, 2010), has been named President of the jury, while Alessandro Borghi, one of the leading figures of the new generation of Italian actors, has been chosen to host the opening and closing events of the Festival. The addition of a new competitive section titled ‘Venice Virtual Reality' dedicated to films made for virtual-reality viewing is also noteworthy. The Venice Biennale, the umbrella under which the Film Festival falls, has decreed that virtual reality is an emerging art form and deserves both its own competition and an ad hoc theatre, the ‘VR Theatre' created in 2016 at the Lido's Palazzo del Casinò.
Since its inception, the Venice Film Festival has been attended by almost every major name in the world of showbiz and the list of anecdotes is endless: from the divine Marlene Dietrich, who graced the red carpet in 1937, to Sean Connery, who in 1967 sped into the
GUEST STARS IN VENICE
Above, American actress Annette Bening, President of the Jury of the 2017 Competition. On the right, Mel Gibson's return to the Lido in 2016, with ‘Hacksaw Ridge', his fifth feature film as a director. Below. Hollywood screen legends of the Fifties immortalized in Venice: Brigitte Bardot (1958) and, at the side, Anna Magnani with Alberto Sordi (1956).