The Venice Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday, celebrates its 75th anniversary with the most anticipated films of the year thanks to an unprecedented alliance with Netflix, Hollywood and Latin American cinema.
The event, which opened its doors to the audiovisual giant after the war with the French festival in Cannes, this year attracted a spectacular array of guests between stars, great authors and even a former Latin American ex-guerrilla, the & # 39; Pepe & # 39; Mujica.
To celebrate her birthday, "la Mostra" prepared a special edition with numerous winners of Oscars and Palmas de Oro, as well as stars such as irreverent pop singer Lady Gaga in the role of Judy Garland directed by Bradley Cooper and actors Ryan Gosling, Vanessa Redgrave, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watt, Christoph Waltz, etc.
The list of guests is remarkable and contains for the official section filmmakers of bands like brothers Ethan and Joel Coen, Damien Chazelle, Yorgos Lanthimos, Mike Leigh, Luca Guadagnino and Olivier Assayas, who premiered their latest works.
One of the most notable films in competition and also produced by Netflix is the autobiographical family drama in black and white "Roma", by the Mexican Alfonso Cuarón, the cruelty of terrorism in "22 de Julio" by the Englishman Paul Greengrass and the western of the Coen Brothers & # 39; The Ballad of Buster Scruggs & # 39;
A total of 21 films will compete for the coveted Golden Lion, including that of the Mexican Carlos Reygadas, who made his debut in Venice with "Nuestro tiempo", and the Argentine Gonzalo Tobal, with "Acusada".
Just like in other years, the event starts with an American production, this time with the new work of the young Chazelle, who started his successful career in Venice with the "La La Land" ticket office, winner of the 2017 Oscar, this time the intimate life of the first man who stepped on the moon in the movie "First Man".
The presence of a single female director in the official competition, the Australian Jennifer Kent, with & # 39; Nitghtingale & # 39; a story about her country at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the world debate for the equality of women revived.
It can not be excluded that the desired equality in future editions is taken into account, according to the same director of the Mostra, critic Albero Barbera, who said that of the 1,650 films seen for the selection, 23% were directed by women.
"We chose quality and not gender," he confessed during the presentation of the program, which caused a flood of criticism.
– Latin American Cinema, the big protagonist –
With films from Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Guatemala, a country that participates for the first time with a work by Chinese Li Cheng, Latin American cinema is present in all sections.
Argentina is the special guest of the contest with six films, including the last of Pablo Trapero, returning with "La Quietud"; "My masterpiece", by Gastón Duprat, and the documentary "Introduzione all & # 39; oscuro" by Gastón Solnicki.
One of the highlights is the arrival in Venice of Uruguayan President José Mujica, a politician who arouses dedication and criticism in his country in half the world.
Venice will feature two films about the former guerrilla who led Uruguay between 2010 and 2015, an emblem of the Latin American left, admired for its sober style and its "silent revolution".
The adaptation of the editorial success of Elena Ferrante "L & # 39; amica geniale" is one of the big releases together with the screening of the unfinished film by Orson Welles "On the other side of the wind", which the legendary director never finished . A tribute to one of the most versatile artists of the 20th century.