Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Venice off to strong start with Clooney space thriller


(By Kate Carlisle)
Venice, August 29 - The 70th edition of the Venice
Film Festival opened with a bang, garnering rave reviews for the
stellar and spectacular screening of space thriller Gravity,
starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón's feature, screened on
Wednesday evening at the kick-off of the festival, was described
by Variety magazine as a "white-knuckle space odyssey" that
"should inspire awe among critics and audiences worldwide".
Slathering on more kudos, British daily the Guardian wrote
that Gravity is "a brilliantly tense and involving account of
two stricken astronauts; a howl in the wilderness that sucks the
breath from your lungs".
Clooney and Bullock are the sole actors in the film that
portrays two astronauts stranded in space after their shuttle is
pummelled by debris from a destroyed Russian satellite.
On Thursday, the first of three Italian entries was
'Via Castellana Bandiera', the debut film by director Emma
Dante, is a comedy featuring an all-female ensemble set in a
particularly sultry Sicily.
Dante's film is one of 20 titles contending for this year's
coveted Golden Lion award.
The Sicilian director created a minimalist drama about a
fierce showdown between two women who refuse to give way when
their cars confront each other on a small street in Palermo.
One driver is the elderly, stubborn Samira, who is
transporting her large family. In the other car is the couple,
Rosa and Clara. The confrontation lasts more than a day, while
neighborhood residents start making bets on who will prevail.
Thursday's screening of John Curran's Tracks, with Mia
Wasikowska playing Australian writer Robyn Davidson on her
nine-month journey across the country's rugged outback was
received with enthusiastic applause.
For the first time documentaries are competing for the
Golden Lion - Errol Morris's The Unknown Known: The Life and
Times of Donald Rumsfeld, and Gianfranco Rosi's Sacro GRA, a
film about life around Rome's peripheral ring road.
Another contender vying for the Lion is Jonathan Glazer's
Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson.
Johansson, an alluring alien with a penchant for male
hitchhikers, culls her victims for a corporation that markets
human flesh.
Another fantasy hovering on the dark side is Terry
Gilliam's The Zero Theorem, with Matt Damon alongside double
Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz.
Peter Landesman's Parkland is set in Dallas at the hospital
by the same name in 1963 on the day President John F Kennedy was
assassinated in the Texas city. Fresh-faced star Zac Efron plays
the doctor who examined JFK's body.
In Stephen Frears' Philomena, Judi Dench plays an Irish
mother searching for the son she gave up for adoption in the
The only Chinese language film running for the festival's
top prize, 'Jiaoyou' (Stray Dogs), has gathered much advance
interest. Taiwanese-Chinese director Tsai Ming-Liang's depicts a
story about a father and his two children who scratch out an
existence in modern Taipei.
The world's oldest film festival runs from August 28 until
September 7.

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