There is much excitement in the air ahead of this year’s Venice Film Festival which is once again being seen as the launch pad for the industry’s award season.
Despite the tight security, hopes are high for a well attended event with Hollywood having been wooed back. The last two best-picture Oscar-winners have premiered at Venice and they are hoping to make it a hat-rick with the festival opener, the musical “La La Land”.
The film gives frequent costars Ray Gosling and Emma Stone the chance to show off their considerable vocal talents in this tale of a jazz musician and his actress girlfriend trying to make it big in Hollywood. The film has already snagged the attention of awards pundits: Director Damien Chazelle’s last film, Whiplash, scored an Oscar nod for Best Picture in 2014.
Venice Film Festival Director Alberto Barbera said the festival is full of good films:
“There are many types of movies this year in Venice, there are romantic ones, science fiction, and comedies. The festival will close with a remake of the classical western movie The Magnificent Seven.”
And that’s another one to “watch”. “The Magnificent Seven”, a remake of the 1960 shoot-‘em-up classic, this time stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke as the gunslingers who protect a town from vicious raiders.
In all 20 films are in competition for the coveted Golden Lion award. The world’s oldest festival takes place from August 31st to September the 10.
The festival organisers cancelled the beachside gala dinner scheduled for Wednesday in respect of the nearly 300 victims of the earthquake that hit central Italy last week.
“We are here for a festival which is a cultural event, we don’t want to give up of course on the event but we want to give a concrete sign of our solidarity to the victims,” Barbera said.