Film festivals are not just about films and festival centers. It is about places, journeys and experiences. Here at Deadline, we’ll keep you up to date with what it’s like to be in the field. Venice Film Festival, Despite the pandemic that has baffled other events, it went as planned for the second year in a row.
Tuesday August 31. Day 0 of the festival.
He said it was calm before the storm, but Venice Lido was a quiet place to arrive yesterday, just two days before this year’s Venice Film Festival kicked off. Most hotels, bars and restaurants did not bother to open during the day due to the early arrival of the festivities. However, the rise of the Biennale brand at the Palazzo del Cinema and the construction of barriers in the adjacent streets made it clear that the festival was underway.
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But that doesn’t mean there isn’t enough excitement for this year’s event. This will be the second year in a row that the festival has gone straight, despite pandemic shutdowns, reprogramming or virtualization of almost every other big one. Calendar of film events for the past 18 months. The lineup for this year’s event is stronger than ever, with stars including Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Kristen Stewart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Tiffany Haddish expected to come. Not to mention the big premiere on Friday. Dunes, Almost everyone in the main cast is expected to star, including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, and Jason Momoa. It’s like half of Hollywood is going to participate.
Journalists, who appear to have increased in numbers since last year’s edition, also appeared to push away those who were in good shape during the pandemic wave but were not ready to appear in the world. A surprisingly long line-up formed as festival staff scrambled to find their feet and take care of them during the special amount of media time given at the Palazzo yesterday to collect the passes. premiere this friday Dunes When Spencer, Seat availability seems a little more modest than in 2020.
Of course, this year’s Italy is governed by the ‘Green Pass’, which endorses the EU and several other vaccination certificates (including UK and US). You must prove your status in the collection of paths. Otherwise, you will have to do an antigen test every 48 hours (available at the festival for € 15). If you can view the item, it will be loaded into your path and no one will disturb you. Otherwise, the wedge will be removed from the certification to indicate that festival staff should request test results.
Yet the confusion remains. One of the fully vaccinated British journalists was asked to take a test and had his pass stolen, even though he had the correct papers. He shows the wrong QR code and probably lives in this purgatory until the end of the festival or until he finds the right one. Person who corrects clerical errors.
But here are a few who decided to bring the old festival shine back to the Lido. Small groups gather on the terrace of the Excelsior Hotel Paolo Sorrentino, its new movie star has joined God’s hand, rookie Philippo Scotty. A representative from Netflix introduced us and was happy to take a photo. And, as they did, Italian actress Serena Rossi, chosen by festival chief Alberto Barbera to host this year’s opening and closing ceremonies, stepped out of the hotel in a dress and made a instant photocall. I walked on the beach during (photo above). It was a moment of Italian charm as typical as one can find.
Maybe, like this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Venice looks like the world we once knew.