Venezia72 – Jake Gyllenhaal opens the Venice Film Festival with the premiere of his new film, Everest

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.

Everest starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin & Emily Watson opened the 72nd Venice Film Festival, 2015

Everest starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin & Emily Watson opened the 72nd Venice Film Festival, 2015

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!

Selfie and autograph hunters had been waiting all day for Jake Gyllenhaal's appearance at the Venice Film Festival

Selfie and autograph hunters had been waiting all day for Jake Gyllenhaal’s appearance at the Venice Film Festival

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.

Venice Film Festival's madrina Elisa Sednaoui wows in a full-length silver dress

Venice Film Festival’s madrina Elisa Sednaoui wows in a full-length silver dress

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.

Italian director Francesco Munzi, left, joins the Venice Film Festival 2015 jury after wowing the critics with Anime Nere last year

Italian director Francesco Munzi, left, joins the Venice Film Festival 2015 jury after wowing the critics with Anime Nere last year

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.

Legendary director Jonathan Demme chats to fellow jurist Paz Vega

Legendary director Jonathan Demme chats to fellow jurist Paz Vega

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?!)

Jake Gyllenhaal arrives for the Everest premiere in Venice, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal arrives for the Everest premiere in Venice, 2015

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!

Jake Gyllenhaal wowed crowds at the 2015 Venice Film Festival

Jake Gyllenhaal wowed crowds at the 2015 Venice Film Festival

Next up was Emily Watson who stars as the Everest Base Camp manager, “mother” to all the climbers.

Emily Watson in a simple, elegant emerald dress for the Everest premiere in Venice, 2015

Emily Watson in a simple, elegant emerald dress for the Everest premiere in Venice, 2015

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.

Josh Brolin cleans up well in a 3-piece suit for the Venice premiere of Everest, 2015

Josh Brolin cleans up well in a 3-piece suit for the Venice premiere of Everest, 2015

An unusually auburn Jason Clarke walks the red carpet at the Everest premiere in Venice, 2015

An unusually auburn Jason Clarke walks the red carpet at the Everest premiere in Venice, 2015

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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18 Responses to Venezia72 – Jake Gyllenhaal opens the Venice Film Festival with the premiere of his new film, Everest

  1. Fishink says:

    Well what can I say but a real 5 Star review here Lizzie, I felt the red carpet under my feet there for a while ! Great post, glad the waiting paid off and you know your stars from your smarties too !

    • Thanks hon! And morning! It was rather exciting to see all the glamour and glitz. And of course to knock off more A listers from my wish list! Johnny Depp is due in tomorrow so I’ll be back in my spot!! I can wait……!! ;o)

  2. Ishita says:

    Thank you for giving us a full view and full of this! Are you still there?

    • I’m only in Venice this week and then am off down to Emilia-Romagna next week so will miss the second half of the film festival but hope to see lots more this weekend Ishita! Have you ever been or have you got it on your wish list?? If you’re ever in Venice when its on I recommend a trip over to the Lido just for a nosey!! Thanks as always for your lovely comments!!

  3. nashrand says:

    I am going to be in Venice this next week. If you go to the Lido where do you go to get the best look at the stars and how early do you need to arrive? Your photos were great Thank you, Evelyn

    • Oooh excellent! If you take the V bus from just opposite the Lido vaporetto water bus stop it will take you to the Mostra del Cinema or Movie Village near the Excelsior Hotel on the beachfront. Its free to go into the movie village to watch the red carpets and there are usually one or two a day so you should stand a good chance of seeing one. When its a big star like Jake G or Johnny Depp people get there early to be at the front and bag the best spots for getting selfies or autographs. For example, I got there at 3pm yesterday, 3 hours before anybody started walking the red carpet and 4 hours before JG arrived and all the best spots were gone but the crowd was only 1 or 2 deep at that point. For Johnny Depp I imagine people wanting to be at the front will get there before or by lunchtime even though he’s not due till 7pm tomorrow evening! If you don’t mind looking over someone’s shoulder or are taller you can rock up 30 minutes beforehand and usually see something. Plus there are a couple of big screens relaying all the action so you can see the stars so you can’t miss them really! Check the Biennale website for times of showings etc and have fun!! :o) PS Come back and tell me who you saw won’t you?!!

  4. That was FUN! Scary movie for sure. Arggggg! No, no, not a storm….

  5. Shobha says:

    Wow! A parade of beautiful people in a beautiful city. I love the clothes and thanks for taking some of the shoes on the women as well. gorgeous.

    • Cheers Shobha, glad you liked the pics! The ladies were so glamorous on opening night that it was just hard to choose which photos to include!! More to come in my next post so please come back and let me know what you think! :o)

  6. How amazing to see all that glitz and glamour, thank you for the front row seat 🙂 And thank you for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard each week too, we appreciate your support.

    • Cheers for your comments and the link-up opportunities, as always! Its been a great few days and I’ve seen more stars this year than last which has been v exciting!! Keep up the great work yourselves!! Happy travels!!! :o)

  7. Paula McInerney says:

    I am a bit of a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal since Brokeback mountain. Great shots, some lovely fashions and some ordinary ones too. The shoes are pretty special

    • Thanks Paula, me too! He looked very dapper as did a lot of the others on the red carpet and it was a great experience. I’m a bit of a shoe fiend myself so always check them out although a lot of them were covered by the long dresses!! More photos to come shortly!

  8. galanda23 says:

    Venice and all these celebrities together? This must have been so much fun! I envy you. Thanks for joining us for #TheWeeklyPostcard this week.

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