British actor and director Kenneth Branagh has presented his new film in the opulent setting of the Teatro La Fenice opera house in Venice. Accompanied by his glamorous cast, Branagh, who is well known for taking classics and giving them a new twist, was warmly welcomed by the audience at the Venice Film Festival.
The night’s premiere was a version of Mozart’s Magic flute, but with a difference: it is in English and set amid the horrors of the first world war. The film opens with Tamino as a soldier in the trenches and instead of the snake that almost kills him in the original, he is pursued by a trail of mustard gas. But do not worry, the music is the same.