“Festivals are said to be windows open to the world. From this window I have to say that we are witnessing things we would rather not see, such as the war of aggression against Ukraineforced to defend itself and at the same time defend the European democracies threatened by Putin’s imperialism “. Thus the director of the 79th Venice International Film Festival, Alberto Barberaopened the presentation of the festival, scheduled at the Lido from 31 August.
“We would not have wanted to see even the arrests in Iran – said Barbera – with the unjustified incarceration of three filmmakers, guilty only of having exercised their right to freedom of expression. So we would not have wanted a few months ago the incredible sentence to a young Turkish producer, Çiğdem Mater, with six other co-defendants, guilty of having only designed a documentary on the Gezi Park protests, a documentary never made “.
The Biennale, explained the artistic director of the festival, “has never failed to make its voice heard in defense of the Ukrainian people and the many filmmakers deprived of their freedom and will shortly announce the initiatives it will take during the course of the exhibition. Era It is important to say this at the beginning and to remember that exhibitions are not produced within a bubble closed to contemporary reality “.
In a very rich billboard of previews e international starsthere is a film that aroused the curiosity of the insiders is “I eat your heart”which sees the singer making her big screen debut Elodie. The film, which tells a story of family feuds on the Gargano, is shot by the Apulian director Pippo Mezzapesa, and features two “heavyweights” such as Michele Placido and Tommaso Ragno.
Five i Italian films in competition for the Golden Lion this year: “The Lord of the ants” from Gianni Amelio with with Luigi Lo Cascio and Elio Germano, “Bone and All” from Luca Guadagnino with Timothée Chalamet“Clear” from Susanna Nicchiarelli with Margherita Mazzucco, “Monica” from Andrea Pallaoro And “The Immensity” from Emanuele Crialese with Penelope Cruz.
Great expectations also for the Italians out of competitionstarting with “Drought”from Paolo Virzìwith Claudia Pandolfi, Silvio Orlando And Valerio Mastrandrea. There will be then “Travelling” from Gianfranco Rosifilm montage of materials that have as a theme the travels around the world of Pope Francis. All to be discovered finally “The last days of humanity” by Enrico Ghezzi and Alessandro Gagliardo. The inventor of Blob and Cinico Tv presents himself with a film – explained Barbera – which “is the summa of Ghezzian thought. As fascinating as his out of sinc productions to which he had accustomed us when he appeared every night on television”.
As for the official competition in the running there are “White Noise” from Noah Baumbach with Adam Driver And Greta Gerwig, “Blonde” from Andrew Dominik with Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe, “The Whale” from Darren Aronofsky with Brendan Fraser, “Tar” by Todd Field with Cate Blanchett, “Bard” from Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “The Eternal Daughter” by Joanna Hogg with Tilda Swinton, “The Son” by Florian Zeller with Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby and Anthony Hopkins And “The Banshees of Inisherin” by Martin McDonagh with Colin Farrell And Brendan Gleeson.