Tight race to shut MeToo-influenced Venice movie fest

VENICE – The Venice Movie Pageant was set to award its coveted Golden Lion on Saturday after roaring again to life this yr with a starry and feminist-tinged choice that leaves the competitors broad open.The MeToo motion seems to be making its mark on the movie business if the Venice premieres had been something to go by. The competition closed with “The Final Duel”, enjoying out of competitors, a medieval jousting drama starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck that went heavy on its message of historic injustice in direction of ladies. “The definition of feminism is to imagine that women and men are equal, it’s not a very radical notion,” Affleck instructed AFP Saturday in an interview. “I believe any affordable humane, empathetic, conscionable individual must be a feminist.”   Slasher pic “Final Night time in Soho”, starring Anya Taylor-Pleasure, took an analogous strategy to Swinging Sixties London, revealing the misogyny beneath our nostalgia. 

Different movies on the competition — from French abortion drama “Occurring” to Maggie Gyllenhaal’s unflinching take a look at motherhood in “The Misplaced Daughter” (starring Oscar-winner Olivia Colman) — prompt some progress within the effort to deliver extra feminine tales to the display, though the 21 movies in the primary competitors solely included 4 feminine administrators.  

One lady who appears destined to seize the headlines within the coming months is Kristen Stewart, who wowed critics at Venice along with her flip as Princess Diana in “Spencer”. 

Stewart is already selecting up Oscar buzz, as is New Zealand director Jane Campion for her emotionally complicated Western, “The Energy of the Canine”. 

Its star Benedict Cumberbatch can also be being tipped for awards for his half because the conflicted cowboy on the centre of the movie. 

He praised Campion and the ladies’s motion forward of the premiere final week, saying: “There’s such wealthy feminine expertise to nurture and luxuriate in. Jane is such a key icon in that motion.”

The Golden Lion for finest movie might be chosen by a jury led by “Parasite” director Bong Joon-Ho and offered on the Saturday evening closing ceremony.

Success at Venice has turn into a key launchpad for Academy Award campaigns lately.

The final 4 winners — “Nomadland”, “Joker”, “Roma” and “The Form of Water” — have all gone on to Oscar success.

Final yr’s version was a low-key affair because of the pandemic, with even the winners (for “Nomadland”) unable to attend. 

The glamour was definitely again this yr, with a stunning Hollywood visitor listing capped by the looks of Affleck together with his previous/new girlfriend Jennifer Lopez to the delight of gossip mags in every single place. 


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