Only two more days for the Venice Film Festival: tomorrow will be the time for the prizes and that will drop the curtain on the 69th edition of the kermesse.
Many surprises, some disappointments and a lot of expectations. Among the surprises, “At Any Price”, the movie directed by Ramin Bahrani starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron: no one expected a work of such depth and with so much convincing actorial ability.
Branded as an incoherent movie and devoid of any artistic quality, “Spring Breakers”, with the bad girls Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Selena Gomez, was to be the scandal of the whole Film Festival but received a severe rap, both by the public and the critics.
On the other hand, great success for “Bad” by Spike Lee, a documentary lasting two hours on Michael Jackson and his music: a funny and witty movie that will appeal to both longtime fans of the singer and casual viewers.
Disappointing reactions for “The fifth season” by Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens: after a fun and interesting start, the film ends by proposing excessive scenes in a vain attempt to be authorial.
Speaking of Italian’s cinema, Cristina Comencini offers her “Special Day” with Filippo Scicchitano and Giulia Valentini; today, however, we are all eagerly awaiting the return of Brian De Palma with his new film “Passion” a co-production between France and Germany, which tells of the thirst for power and money through the clash of two wicked women (Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace).
Lastly, for the “Great Classics Restored”, the timeless masterpiece by Billy Wilder “Sunset Boulevard” with Gloria Swanson in a role of a lifetime.