Hollywood’s return to the Venice Film Festival

Not all will make the trip, but Hollywood is heading back to Venice: the lagoon has found favor in the eyes of the big studios, who are scrambling to present their latest productions at the Mostra, ideally placed ahead of the Oscars season. Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck … There are many megastars in the credits of the films presented from September 1 to 11, 2021.

The most anticipated event is undoubtedly the screening of Dune, the very big Hollywood project carried by Denis Villeneuve. This space-opera, eagerly awaited beyond the “fan base” of the science fiction universe imagined by visionary novelist Frank Herbert, has been postponed many times due to the health crisis. Its programming at the Mostra, out of competition, is one of the signs of the Hollywood industry’s desire to finally leave the pandemic behind and to restart.

And to seduce the general public, the producers took out the big guns: in the credits, rising stars adulated on the networks like the Franco-American Timothée Chalamet (in the main role, by Paul Atréides) or the former teenage star of Disney Zendaya, 24, but also Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson …

Also present in the credits of Dune, Oscar Isaac, used to blockbusters like Star Wars but also seen in the Coen brothers (Inside Llewyn Davis), promises to be one of the essential figures of Venice this year. This American, of Guatemalan origin, is also showing in a film in competition, The Card Counter, with Willem Dafoe, signed Paul Schrader, a director who first became known as a loyal accomplice and screenwriter of Martin Scorsese, from Taxi Driver To Raging Bull.

Isaac also shares, with Jessica Chastain, the poster of an event series unveiled on the Lagoon, Scenes from a marriage. The duo play a couple in crisis in a rereading by Ingmar Bergman, which makes fans of the genre salivate: it is signed by the talented Israeli creator Hagai Levi, at the origin of the series which gave in France In therapy.

Big show fans should also feast with The last duel, final opus by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Gladiator. The film, set this time in medieval France, allows the return of a star duo, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. A quarter of a century after making a name for himself with Good Will Hunting, which they had written, the two accomplices share again the writing of the scenario, and the screen.

Finally, Venice will honor the sixty-year-old actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who is to receive a Golden Lion for her entire career. Halloween Kills, new episode of the horror movie franchise Halloween, initiated at the end of the 1970s by the master of the genre, John Carpenter and in which she already played as a teenager, will also be presented in Venice.

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