Natalie Portman’s latest movie ‘Jackie’ is among 20 competing for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
Directed by Chilean Pablo Larraín (‘Neruda’, 2016), it tells the story of Jackie Kennedy in the aftermath of JFK’s assassination in 1963 as she struggles to come to terms with the tragedy and her own grief.
“It definitely felt like the most dangerous (role I’ve played) because everyone knows what she looked like and sounded like and walked like and had a sort of an idea of her and I’ve never played a character like that before. I was trying to just get to something that people could get past and believe that I was Jackie,” said Portman at the Venice press conference.
It’s been a radical change of scene for French documentary makers Thierry Demaiziere and Alban Teurlai, who have switched their attention from Portman’s husband, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, to legendary Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi.
Simply entitled ‘Rocco’, the French duo’s latest film is presented in the Venice Days section of the festival, modelled on Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
It examines the Italian actor’s prolific career – he has appeared in more than 1.500 films – and how it has affected his private life. Siffredi, who is married with two children, himself describes his sex addiction as “some kind of devil in me” in the film.
“When we started with the project, we went to meet this myth, the “king of porn”, and we imagined he would be quite smug, resting on his laurels. But we discovered a much more complex, much more fragile person,” says Alban Teurlai.
‘Rocco’ hits French theatres in November.