Venice International Film Festival gets underway
Gravity was the movie of the moment at the opening of Venice International Film Festival yesterday (28 August), with critics applauding the film. The feature’s stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock were in Italy to help promote the film, along with its Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men).
The Hollywood Reporter called it "jaw-dropping", while Variety described it as "astonishing". Produced by Heyday Films and filmed at Shepperton Studios (both based in the UK), the 3D space film centres on an astronaut (Clooney) and a medical engineer (Bullock) who get stranded in space. If you haven’t seen any footage yet, you can watch the trailer here.
The festival, now in its 70th year, lasts for 12 days and screens 20 films contending for the coveted Golden Lion. Films included in this year’s line-up include Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem and in a first for the Festival, two documentaries are up for Golden Lion, The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld and Sacro GRA.
Directors competing in the Golden Lion come from Japan, Taiwan, Algeria, Australia, France, Greece, Germany, Israel, Italy, Britain, Canada and the US.