The world’s oldest surviving film festival is getting underway in Venice – the 72nd edition of what’s locally called La Mostra brings with it 11 days of red carpets, parties and premiers …
Any unfavourable comparisons with its younger rival the Toronto International Film Festival which opens next week are firmly dismissed by Venice’s Artistic Director Alberto Barbera:
“I’m doing a festival which is completely different from Toronto. They have 300 feature films, we have no more than 55 feature films so it is a different type of a festival. We do a very limited selection of films. I prefer quality instead of quantity.”
As a prelude there were two real gems screened – Orson Welles’ Othello and what was believed lost, his Merchant of Venice.
But the competition proper of 21 films vying for the golden Lion opens with Everest – a high altitude real life thriller.
“Everest” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley.
“The Danish Girl” starring Oscar winner, Eddie Redmayne.
“Equals” starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.
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