Day two of the Venice Film Festival opened on Thursday with a distinctly female presence. Italian feature film Via Castellana Bandiera revolves around two women stuck in a traffic jam, refusing to move. A wholly female duel punctuated by the refusal to drink, eat and sleep; more obstinate than the sun of Palermo and more stubborn than the ferocity of the men who surround them. For, as in every duel, it is a question of life or death…
Director and actress Emma Dante explained where the film is set: “In my opinion this is not a ‘local’ film. The story is about a country, it is about a community, it speaks about how people live together. It could be in Italy, in Europe… we’re talking about a particular mood, a way of feeling, not about a geographical state,” she says.
The world’s oldest film festival also showcased the iconic and inspirational Australian production, Tracks. The true story of Robyn Davidson’s two thousand km solo trek across the spectacular Australian desert with just her dog for company and four camels.
Robyn said: “It came in at a very interesting time for me, personally because I haven’t made a film in Australia since I was seventeen, so it was the first time being back in Australia and filming in the place that I’m from and it was very much a reconnection with my roots.”
The 70th Venice International Film Festival runs on Venice Lido until 7 September 2013.