The global pandemic affected the world of the arts in a way that had never happened before. While the industry has had to go through several troublesome moments such as strikes or bankruptcies, the happy virus came to put the need for cinema in people’s lives in perspective. Little by little, the various production activities have been resumed, but also the international festivals dedicated to premiering and awarding the best of the year. The Venice International Film Festival, for example, he was one of the most anticipated and director Bong Joon-ho, director of the multi-award winning Parasites – 100%, was present to send a positive message to the world about the future of cinema.
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The Venice International Film Festival It is one of the most important events of the year and much is discussed about its screenings, its premieres and the films that are in competition. This year, the festival has many challenges to overcome. To begin with, the COVID situation is no better than a year ago and since then there has been a lot of talk about streaming platforms and new world premiere modalities. In addition, the way in which it is decided which titles will or will not be in competition is also discussed between specialists and creators.
In this context, the opening of the festival was a key moment to unify positions under the love of the seventh art and Bong joon-ho He managed to add to that look with his official presentation. The director of Okja – 86% will be the president of the jury this year, so he had the opportunity to give a speech to inaugurate the festival that begins today and will end on September 11. During the official talk with the international media (via The Hollywood Reporter), the renowned director commented:
Due to COVID in Korea and the rest of the world, the filmmakers went through a very tough time last year and this year. But in a way, looking back, it feels like a test, and what it showed was the life force of cinema.
Bong also took the opportunity to calm the anguish of the creators, stating that the cinema will not go anywhere:
As a filmmaker, I don’t think the history of cinema can be stopped so easily, so COVID will pass and cinema will continue.
The same source reveals that these words were well received among the attending journalists, the public and the other artists who are also part of the jury. Chloé Zhao, director and winner of the Oscar for Best Picture for Nomadland – 100%, is another of the biggest names that will join the director to reward the best of the year.
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The rest of the jury is made up of Virginie Efira, an actress who caused much controversy for her recent role as a nun who was sexually attracted to another woman in Benedetta – 85%, the Paul Verhoeven film; the italian director Saverio costanzo; the romanian documentary maker Alexander Nanau; actress and singer Cynthia Erivo, best known for her work on Harriet – 40% and Viudas – 91%; and Canadian actress Sarah Gadon recognized by Enemy – 75% and the series Alias Grace which is based on the novel by Margaret Atwood.
Last year, Zhao won the Golden Lion for Nomadlandstarring Frances McDormand, but was unable to attend due to all health restrictions. Now, the director took advantage of her position within the jury to thank the opportunity to attend on this occasion:
I was devastated that I couldn’t be here last year. To be back, my first time in Italy, and especially to be able to serve under the direction of Bong and my wonderful fellow jurors, I am simply honored.
Among the most anticipated films of this year are Parallel Mothers, by Pedro Almodóvar: The Hand Of God, by Paolo Sorrentino; The Power of the Dog, directed by Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch; and Spencer, where Kristen Stewart will play Princess Diana. In this regard, Bong commented:
I think that I, and all the members of the jury, are ready to enjoy the great films that were selected, and we are ready to have a great fight on the last day [para elegir a los ganadores].
The great prizes of the Venice International Film Festival They will be delivered next September 10.
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