It’s no doubt my favorite film festival, even though I have not been to a very big number of festivals yet. It’s just location wise so beautifully on a little island Lido – not far from Venice, the romantic city full of canals and gondolas. To get there you would have to take a little speed boat, which was obviously crammed with many movie aficionados just like myself. And I can still remember one Italian, who acted like an usher to a boat, if that exists ;), tell me in a very charming way that I smelled like a bouquet of flowers 🙂 I wondered if he was a connoisseur of perfumes – that time I was indeed wearing Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf. As much as I remember that’s what I told him with a lot of delight and astonishment. That certainly added up to the best possible memories of the Venice film festival 🙂
Well, what do you know, I see that Naomi Watts and Colin Firth were among the prominent festival guests this year. I saw them also at the 73rd Venice film festival in 2016. Naomi Watts was presenting along with her husband Liev Schreiber (sadly month later they announced their separation) their movie The Bleeder or Chuck where they costarred. This year she was a member of the jury. I do not remember Colin Firth present a movie that time. Well as his wife is Italian and they live most of their time in Italy, it must be that they simply love to attend the festival. Well, I certainly would go back more often if I only could 🙂 That year I saw also Jude Law (premiere for The Young Pope) and missed James Franco and Ryan Gosling only by a blink. If you love movies and want to see big international stars, your destination should be la Mostra!
This year you could also spot at the biennale Natalie Portman (Vox Lux), Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born), Cate Blanchett, Nicholas Hoult (The Favourite), Jeff Goldblum (The Mountain), Emma Stone, Claire Foy (First Man), Vanessa Redgrave, Ryan Gosling (First Man) etc.
Some facts from the 75th Venice FF: Guillermo del Toro was the President of the Jury, The Golden Lion was awarded to Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, Grand Jury Prize went to Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite and Silver Lion went to Jacques Audiard for The Sisters Brothers.
For the more complete list of winners please see the organisers’ webpage: http://www.labiennale.org/en/news/official-awards-75th-venice-film-festival.