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The 73rd International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art of Venice will last eleven days, from August 31 to September 10. There are twenty films that will compete for the Golden Lion, flaunting famous and controversial names and celebrities. More than 100 films will be projected at the Lido.
Notorious personalities are expected, such as Emir Kusturica and Wim Wenders, or stars who are taking up their time with direction, such as Tom Ford (not homonymy at all, he is exactly the same who was Gucci’ and Yves Saint Laurent’s stylist), but also young directors such as the praised Damien Chapelle (author and director of Whiplash), who opens the show with a musical, La La Land.
The Official Selection for the Venice 73 Golden Lion is doomed to cause controversy. Surely there is no expected agenda and, also for this reason, it proves to be very attractive. Chapelle’s musical opens the schedule, then it is the turn of a little bit of history with the awaited biopic Jackie (Kennedy), by Pablo Larraín. Then there will be at least one western (such as Brimstone, by Martin Koolhoven) and an unexpected, at least at the Lido, film about aliens (Arrival, by Denis Villeneuve).
During the Venetian exhibition it will also be projected for the first time a controversial thriller settled in desert lands (The Bad Batch, by Ana Lily Amirpour), with Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey, and the time travel till the origins of the universe with the film Voyage of Time, by Terence Malick, whose filming lasted ten years. Curiosity rises.
Venice 73 on paper: tens of big names, an heterogeneous and fascinating agenda. Venice 73 on the web: an outdated official website, stuffed with copy and paste of press release and long bulleted lists.
Anyway, before throwing in the towel because of this aristocratic and insolent resistance against an online communication, it may be useful to know that the Venice Exhibition provides a room for streaming projections.
By having Alberto Barbera as director of the Exhibition, Venice looks back to itself in a completely new way. There will be not just one Golden Lion to the career, but two. And they have been already announced.
The first one will be given to Jean-Paul Belmondo, actor in Godard, Chabrol and Truffaut, for what concerns what may be considered the selection of the big interpreters of the cinema.
The second one - for what concerns the section big creators - will be won by Jerzy Skolimowski, about whom Roman Polanski said “he will stand above his generation with both his head and his shoulders”.
The awards to the past double and, since the first day, or rather since the day before the first one, the history of the cinema will be under the spotlight of Venice 73: the pre-opening evening will see the just restored “Tutti a casa”, by Luigi Comencini.