This year’s Venice Film Festival opened with a roar last night as Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and Emily Watson took to the red carpet for the premiere of their new film Everest.
And neither the film, nor the fashions disappointed. So let’s start with the famous and the fashionistas first!
We’ve all watched red carpets before haven’t we? They’re a glamorous affair and last night’s was no exception! But if you want a decent vantage point for your star-spotting, and aren’t an official press photographer, make sure you arrive early to set up camp, otherwise the only stars you’ll see are the ones in the sky!
Having done the festival last year I knew the terrain and although all the prime selfie-spots were occupied I managed to bag myself a front row spot early on. And then all I had to do was wait 4 hours in the blazing sun – the things I do for you, dear friends!! But it was worth it for the fashion show and for the film stars!
First to arrive was the Madrina of the festival, Italian actress Elisa Sednaoui. The madrina acts as a host for the opening and closing ceremonies of the festival.
Then followed an hour-long procession of Italian actors, actresses and directors including a previous madrina actress and producer Maria Grazia Cucinotta, star of the classic film Il Postino from 1994. Other names included American actress Elizabeth Banks of Hunger Games and 30 Rick fame, German Diane Kruger who starred in the Quentin Tarantino-directed war film Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Brazillian Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio. Plus popular Italian actor Alessandro Preziosi, star of Mine Vaganti and The Tourist.
A trio of directors mingled in with the actors and actresses to take up their places on the festival juries.
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco, director of Y Tu Mamá También and Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Italian Francesco Munzi who wowed the critics last year with his mafia film Anime Nere and legendary Hollywood director Jonathan Demme whose titles include The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia.
We were in the company of some real greats last night.
But we had yet to reach the pinnacle of the evening as the stars of Everest were still to arrive (did you see what I did there?!)
First to pull up to the red carpet in his suitably blacked out Renault was the one everyone was waiting for, the one who got the loudest screams, the one, the only Mr Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal, otherwise known as Jake! The actor actually only has a relatively minor part as a mountaineering guide in the film, spending most of it looking like a cross between a crusty yak and ChewBacca, but looked resplendent in a black velvet tuxedo last night. Nice!
Next up was Emily Watson who stars as the Everest Base Camp manager, “mother” to all the climbers.
She was quickly followed by Josh Brolin, who plays a rich, Texan mountaineer attempting his first ascent of Everest, and co-star Jason Clarke who steals the movie, in my opinion, as an experienced, commercial mountain guide.
The stars took a little time to greet the waiting crowds and pose for selfies before entering the Sala Grande cinema for the opening ceremony of the festival.
Meanwhile, mere mortals like me sadly don’t get to walk the red carpet or join the opening ceremony but have to make do with a public screening an hour later in the warehouse-sized Pala Biennale just round the corner!
The film itself, filmed in 3D, set on Everest and a true story, is a roller coaster of emotions, marrying mountaineering with all the elements of a disaster movie played out in a will-they-won’t-they drama to see if the climbers will reach the summit safely. Director Baltasar Kormákur skilfully portrays the immensity, majesty and cruelty of the mountain with sweeping shots over the model-village sized tents and temples at base camp. And the soundtrack music piles on the tension even more as bad weather closes in on the climbers risking life and limb.
Whether they make it up, down or home safely though is something you will have to wait and see when the film gets its general release later this month. But if you can’t wait here’s a little taster of what to expect!
Leave me a comment on your favourite cinema moments or your thoughts on this year’s red carpet fashions. Or head over to my DreamDiscoverItalia instagram page for more photos from the film festival over the next few days! Johnny Depp is expected to premiere his new film Black Mass on Friday so pop back for the photos from that red carpet. And in the meantime, if you fancy an evening at the cinema in Venice why not check out what else is showing at the 72nd Venice Film Festival this year. There are 54 other films to choose from so I”m sure you’ll find something to suit! Happy viewing!
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