Began last August 28th, Venice Film Festival is now at the halfway point. During these first days of the kermesse shining stars and directors like Maryl Streep, Gary Oldman (starring together in the latest Steven Soderbergh’s movie “The Laundromat”) and Pedro Almodóvar (awarded with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement) took over the red carpet astonishing everyone, guided by the beautiful Italian actress Alessandra Mastronardi, the very Festival’s godmother.

Alessandra Mastronardi attending the Opening night
Alessandra Mastronardi attending the Opening night

Starting with the screening of “La Vérité” by Kore Eda Hirokazo – starring by Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche – the kermesse continued presenting the competition movies “Marriage Story” by Noah Baumbach with Scarlett Johanson, “Ad Astra” by James Gray with Brad Pitt and Liv Taylor, “Joker” by Todd Philips stars by Joaquin Phoenix.

In addition to what happened at La Biennale several and several collateral events – and parties too – have been taking place at the Lido, joining the dreamy cinema world with fashion, art, and, obviously, the jet set.

On September 1st, for example, on the occasion of “Giornate degli Autori” went on stage Miu Miu Women’s Tales with the screening of “Shako Mako” by Hailey Gates and the world premiere of “Brigitte” by Lynne Ramsay. This last short film, in particular, offering a good example of what being a woman means in XXI century (well interpreting the very aim of the entire Miu Miu Women’s project), opens a window on Brigitte Lacombe’s life, one of the most famous female portrayed photographers in the world.

"Brigitte" by Lynne Ramsay, Miu Miu Women's Tales, Courtesy of Miu Miu
"Brigitte" by Lynne Ramsay, Miu Miu Women's Tales, Courtesy of Miu Miu

Then the screening was celebrated with an exclusive dinner hosted by Miuccia Prada at Ca’ Corner della Regina, attended by famous celebs.

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As every year, the last minute controversy couldn’t miss: few hours before the very Festival’s start, in fact, the Jury’s President Lucrecia Martel claimed that she wouldn’t attend the official screening of “J’accuse” by Roman Polanski, trigging again the debate about separating (and denouncing) the public artistic figure and the real human being hidden behind the first one.

Numerous were those moments that kept speechless the public: from Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel’s reunion – they presented “The Irréversible” by Gaspar Noé – to Jude Law and Timothée Chalamet’s arrival – respectively for the presentation of “The New Pope” series by Paolo Sorrentino and the screening of “The King” by David Michôd.

Waiting for the award ceremony next September 7th, we continue getting excited with the wonderful and magic cinema and its star system!