It began on Wednesday August 29th 2012, the 69th Venice Film Festival, undoubtedly the most awaited event for all the big screen lovers and the most important film festival in Italy.
In the preceding days the atmosphere was electrifying in the Lagoon: after all, this is the time of the year when Venice welcome some of the biggest Hollywood’s stars, the most successful directors and many controversial movies destined to be talked about for weeks.
Among the latter, we are sure, the movie that will win the Golden Lion, the great big prize that rarely puts together the public and the jury.
Many stars have already marched on the red carpet, among them Kate Hudson and Laetitia Casta, while in the next few days are expected the veteran Robert Redford (both director and actor in “The Company You Keep”), Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
This edition of the Venice Film Festival is also much expected because it marks the return, after a few years of silence, of two great directors. The most talked about is certainly Brian De Palma with his new movie “Passion”, a thriller that tells the struggle for power between two women. This film marks his return to the cinema after five years of silence. There’s also Paul Thomas Anderson: after his 1999 masterpiece, Magnolia, he will presents a film already much discussed, “The Master”, already the favorite for the first prize.
And then tributes to Billy Wilder, Marilyn Monroe and unforgettable classics such as “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, “Sunset Boulevard”, “Heaven’s Gate” and “Fanny & Alexander”, all exquisitely restored for the occasion.