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Young stars, fragile families to the fore at maskless Venice

Bykav

Aug 31, 2022

The Venice Film Festival opens on Wednesday with all health limitations lifted, but with the emotional fallout of the pandemic echoed in the many films exploring families facing trauma, which highlight a new generation of talent.

For movie fans it will be a welcome return to normal at the world’s oldest film festival, as they are once again able to greet stars arriving at the Lido red carpet for the 11-day festival.

“We missed the atmosphere, the mood, the joy of the people watching the talent on the red carpet,” festival director Alberto Barbera told Reuters.

Regarded as a launch pad for Oscar contenders, Venice has become increasingly important for production houses looking to showcase some of their most eye-catching movies, which this year feature a younger-than-usual line-up of budding A-listers.

79th Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters, a day before the start of the festival in Venice, Italy, Aug 30, 2022. REUTERS
79th Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters, a day before the start of the festival in Venice, Italy, Aug 30, 2022. REUTERS
Timoth├ęe Chalamet, Ana de Armas, Sadie Sink, Harry Styles and Florence Pugh are just some of the new generation of stars, who will be rubbing shoulders with more established festival favourites such as Penelope Cruz, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz and Sigourney Weaver.

“I think that we are facing a sort of renovation of the generation of the talent and the filmmakers as well,” said Barbera. “This is the cinema of tomorrow, of course.”

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While Venice draws together movies from vastly different countries and cultures, many appear to have a similar theme coursing through them — dysfunctional families struggling to overcome trauma and chaos.

“The pandemic created a lot of problems inside the families … and most of the films that we are showing in the festival are reflecting this situation,” said Barbera. “The tone is pretty dark, actually.”

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The opening picture, director Noah Baumbach’s “White Noise”, which stars Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig, should provide some humour as it shows an American family’s efforts to deal with everyday life even as they confront toxic disaster.

“The Son”, starring Hugh Jackson, shows a family struggling to reunite after falling apart, while “The Eternal Daughter”, follows an artist, played by Swinton, as she confronts long-buried secrets with her elderly mother.

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