“We are not proud to be the first, after the forced pause, to be able to do so, But we are proud of having shown… that it can be done.” Roberto Cicutto.
The 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival was held at the Lido di Venezia, organized by La Biennale di Venezia with sixty films that will be screened in the official selection from September 2 to 12 September 2020.
Venice Film Festival: The Cinema
This year’s Venice Film Festival opened with the premiere of “Lacci,” a romantic drama directed by Daniele Luchetti. The movie, which is set in Naples and depicts a marriage on the brink.
The festival will also see the premieres of movies including the Greta Thunberg biopic “Greta,” Pedro Almodóvar’s Swinton-led “The Human Voice,” the moody Frances McDormand road trip story “Nomadland,” and the period love story “The World to Come,” starring Vanessa Kirby, Katherine Waterston, and Casey Affleck.
Films in contention for the festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion, include Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” produced by and starring Frances McDormand as a woman living as a nomad after the recent recession; Mona Fastvold’s “The World to Come,” starring Vanessa Kirby and Casey Affleck, which explores the love between two farmers’ wives in 19th-century America; and “Pieces of a Woman,” a family drama directed by Kornel Mundruczo and starring Shia LaBeouf.
Venice Film Festival: The Stars
Tilda Swinton, the Chanel ambassador, who received the event’s lifetime achievement award for her prolific career, she wore a black-and-white ruffled Chanel outfit from the brand’s Spring-Summer 2020 Haute Couture collection and carried an intricate face mask that was designed by James Merry.
Cate Blanchett; the president of the International Jury of the festival wore the dark navy shimmering Esteban Cortázar gown that she previously wore to the 2015 BFI London Film Festival premiere of her film, Carol.
Blanchett decided to donate Multiple Looks From Past Events to benefit two humanitarian organizations.
The model Taylor Hill hit the red carpet in an Etro crystal-embroidered floral long chiffon gown with a maxi flowing train. And Chopard jewels.
Roberta Armani wore a vivid blue dress from her uncle Giorgio’s namesake label.
A Strong Letter From Venice: The World Must Go On
The pandemic has forced the cancellation or postponement of most Cinematic events around the world including the Cannes festival. Venice Film Festival is considered one of the first major cultural events to take place in Europe since the pandemic took hold.
Roberto Cicutto, the president of La Biennale di Venezia, which runs the festival, said; “The show must go on and the world must go on, to watch and to discuss movies together, to live this art the way we used to live it.”
The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue.the Festival organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.
The festival was held under the safety measures include mandatory face masks, temperature checks, physical distancing during screenings, and a wall built around the red carpet to keep the public away.