74th Venice Film Festival: Main Premieres

Venice Film Festival, the oldest international film festival, is now hours away. Lido island welcomes movie stars arriving in their snow white cruisers – the first guests of the opening ceremony will be soon seen at the red carpet at Palazzo del Cinema.

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‘Downsizing’, a sci-fi comedy movie by Alexander Payne, Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA prizes winner, will open the 74th Venice Film Festival. The movie stars Matt Damon and Kristen Wigg. The story revolves around a married couple – they’re so sick of daily routine that they decide to shrunk themselves using some new technologies. However, the wife refuses the idea down to the wire, which means the husband is the only one to find himself shrunk. The movie was selected to be screened in competition, and the hope is that it stands a good chance to receive not only the main prize at the Mostra (which is how the Italians call the Venice Film Festival), but an Oscar award, too.

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This year, 21 movies qualify for the Golden Lion. The jury panel headed by Annette Bening, American actress, includes Ildiko Enyedi, Hungarian director; Michel Franco, Mexican director, producer and scriptwriter; Rebecca Hall, British actress; Anna Mouglalis, French movie and theatre actress; David Stretton, Australian movie critic and TV host; Jasmine Trinca, Italian actress; Edgar Wright, British director and scriptwriter; and, finally, Yonfan, Chinese director, producer and scriptwriter.

The opening movie has some fitting rivals: ‘Mother!’ by Darren Aronofsky starring Jennifer Lawrence  and Javier Bardem, and ‘Suburbicon’ by George Clooney starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore.



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Moreover, Guillermo del Toro, the main fantasist of the so-called Dream Factory, will present ‘The Shape of Water’, a movie about a Cold War secret laboratory employee falling in love with an amphibia.


British director Martin McDonagh will present ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mussouri’, a thriller revealing a story of a woman – her daughter was killed, and the culprit has not been found. The lonely woman brilliantly performed by Frances McDormand takes up arms against the local police. For starters, she places her questions to the investigators on three billboards. By the way, Frances is a likely candidate to ‘Best Actress’ Oscar prize, and, if this forecast is true, then she’ll become a happy owner of two Academy Awards. McDormand was awarded with her first Oscar 20 years ago – due to her role in ‘Fargo’, a truly hieratic movie.


To make ‘Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno’ screening possible, Abdellatif Kechiche, a French director of Tunisian descent, has auctioned his Cannes Film Festival ‘Palme d’Or’ that he received in 2013 for ‘Blue is the warmest color’ off. The new movie is based on ‘La blessure, la vraie’ (which means ‘A true wound’), a novel by Kechiche’s friend Francois Begaudeau. This is a story about a young Parisian scriptwriter who comes to his coastal hometown for the summer holiday. He meets a woman – a wife of a producer – there, and also finds a possibility to create his own movie.

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‘First Reformed’, a scandalous drama movie about a church complot, by Paul Schrader, is another critics’ minion. The movie stars Ethan Hawke as a military chaplain and Amanda Seyfried as a parishioner mourning the loss of her husband. Both protagonists find themselves mixed up in some shady church affairs.


The screening of ‘Thriller’, a short movie starring Michael Jackson, will be a highlight of the film festival. This is a new version of ‘Thriller’ music video – now in 3D, updated and completed by some documentary footing.


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As custom has it, the guests of the event will enjoy not only premieres and photo calls but some parties, press conferences and presentations, while we will feast our eyes upon their amazing looks. Watch World Fashion Channel and visit our website, wfc.tv, to see the best looks.

Text: Elina Shevchenko
Photo: East News, © La Biennale di Venezia – foto ASAC

30 August

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