Tight Race To Close MeToo-influenced Venice Film Fest
The Venice Film Festival was set to award its coveted Golden Lion on Saturday after roaring back to life this year with a starry and feminist-tinged selection that leaves the competition wide open
Venice, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th Sep, 2021 ) :The Venice Film Festival was set to award its coveted Golden Lion on Saturday after roaring back to life this year with a starry and feminist-tinged selection that leaves the competition wide open.
The festival closed with "The Last Duel", playing out of competition, a medieval jousting drama starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck that went heavy on its message of historical injustice towards women.
"The definition of feminism is to believe that men and women are equal, it's not a particularly radical notion," Affleck told AFP Saturday in an interview.
"I think any reasonable humane, empathetic, conscionable person would have to be a feminist." Slasher pic "Last Night in Soho", starring Anya Taylor-Joy, took a similar approach to Swinging Sixties London, revealing the misogyny beneath our nostalgia.
Other films at the festival -- from French abortion drama "Happening" to Maggie Gyllenhaal's unflinching look at motherhood in "The Lost Daughter" (starring Oscar-winner Olivia Colman) -- suggested some progress in the effort to bring more female stories to the screen, although the 21 films in the main competition only included four female directors.
He praised Campion and the women's movement ahead of the premiere last week, saying: "There's such rich female talent to nurture and enjoy. Jane is such a key icon in that movement.
Last year's edition was a low-key affair due to the pandemic, with even the winners (for "Nomadland") unable to attend.
The glamour was certainly back this year, with a dazzling Hollywood guest list capped by the appearance of Affleck with his old/new girlfriend Jennifer Lopez to the delight of gossip mags everywhere.
- Almodovar and Sorrentino - Venice is also about the cream of the arthouse world, and the competition featured beloved cineastes such as Spain's Pedro Almodovar ("Parallel Mothers") and Italy's Paolo Sorrentino ("The Hand of God") -- both offering strikingly personal and heartfelt films.
There was lighter fare as Spanish megastars Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas made a rare appearance on screen together, mercilessly ripping into their own profession as egomaniacal filmmakers in "Official Competition".
Pandemic precautions -- including mandatory masks, vaccine passes and 50-percent capacity in the cinemas -- continued to dull some of the shine at this year's festival.
Timothee Chalamet -- in town to promote mega-blockbuster "Dune" -- had to leap up the new Covid-security wall separating the public from the red carpet to give his adoring teen fans a bit of face time.