Last year, the oldest film festival had risen to the challenge and maintained its 77th edition despite the Covid situation. This year and thanks to vaccines, the atmosphere could be lighter, even if strict health measures continue to apply, and the health pass is compulsory.
By the closing ceremony on September 11, we could see the participation of many stars, from Kristen Stewart as Lady Diana in “Spencer” by Pablo Larrain, to Benedict Cumberbatch, including Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.
“The Americans have come out of their lockdown and are ready to come back”, welcomed the director of the Mostra, Alberto Barbera, presenting this edition. And overall, “the quality of the films (submitted to the festival) was higher than usual as if the pandemic had stimulated the creativity of the filmmakers.”
Films from 59 countries will be screened and the official contest will open on Wednesday with “Madres Paralelas”, the latest film by Pedro Almodovar, a major figure in European cinema.
The jury, chaired by Bong Joon-ho and bringing together the best of today’s international cinema (Chloé Zhao, Virginie Efira, Cynthia Erivo .. .etc), will have to choose between 21 films in the official competition, 5 of which are signed by female directors.
The Venice Film Festival takes place over ten days. The event kicks off with a first screening at 4:00 p.m. on September 1, 2021, before the 7:00 p.m. screening of the opening film Madres Paralelas that same day. The event closes on September 11, 2021 with the screening from 8:00 p.m. of the various films awarded during the event. The full program of the Venice Film Festival can be found on the festival’s official website.