The 80th edition of the Venice International Film Festival was held from August 30 to September 9, 2023 at the Lido of Venice, Italy, amid the Screenwriters and Actors Guild of America strike. This is the oldest film event in the world and one of the most prestigious.

Over the eleven days of the event, the European country played host to hundreds of stars and once again became a platform for daring films that seek to spark conversations, many from emerging talent, but many more from established directors who made a triumphant return. big screen. Here we present 3 of the launches that provided a lot to talk about.

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Known as Poor things because of the title in English, the unique direction of Yorgos Lanthimos and the disturbing performance of Emma Stone, served as a trigger for last Saturday, September 9, won the Golden Lion, the highest award given to a film at the Venice Film Festival.

The film, which has clear parallels with films like Frankenstein And Alice in Wonderland, which received an eight-minute standing ovation from the audience, tells the paradoxical story of a woman who, after being rudely brought to life, embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery and sexual liberation to explore her development and desires in the midst of a chaotic situation. baroque world. This is the most visually extravagant film the 50-year-old director has made to date. It can be seen in Ecuador from January 25.

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Lanthimos is regarded worldwide as the leading exponent of Strange wavea Greek film movement which started in 2009 and which tells strange stories about unique characters that reflect the unstable and turbulent atmosphere of that country and the society it inhabits. Stone joins actors Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe and Ramy Youssef in this production which will be released in cinemas around the world on December 8 this year.

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Based on a year in the life of Enzo Ferrari, the famous Italian former Formula 1 driver turned motorcycle magnate. This film is a portrait of what he experienced in 1957, a time full of crises for him.: The company he built with his wife faces financial problems, his rivalry with the Maseratis grows, and the tragedy that marked his summer forever occurs. Ferrari is the return of 80-year-old Hollywood perfectionist director Michael Mann to the screen. It is scheduled to premiere in the United States on December 25, 2023 Neonan independent film producer and distributor.

Patrick Dempsey and Adam Driver, one of the few actors parading at the Venice Film Festival

American actor Adam Driver stars alongside Spain’s Penélope Cruz, as his wife Laura, and Shailene Woodley, who portrays Lina Lardi, a secretary with whom Ferrari had an extramarital affair.

Written by the late British film and television screenwriter Troy Kennedy Martin. The film received an interim deal from the Screen Actors Guild this month, allowing them to promote the film on the festival circuit, where it received a six-minute ovation.which brought tears to Driver’s eyes.


One of the festival’s most anticipated premieres also turned out to be one of the best: Cailee Spaney’s dramatization of the role of Priscilla Presley won her the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the festival. The film’s director, Sofia Coppola, attempts to tell the story of Priscilla’s early years and how her first meeting with Elvis, starring Jacob Elordi, sparked a dizzying relationship that was ten years apart, she was 14 and he was 24.

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Priscilla relives the controversy over the turbulent love, marriage and pregnancy that kept them bound together for years, through the eyes of a schoolgirl, until the slow disintegration of her relationship with the King of the World. Rock ‘n’ roll. With detailed cinematography and aesthetics, In true Coppola style, we can see this story in a whole new light thanks to the independent studio A24 since November 3 2023. (E)

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