Deneuve and Julianne Moore, a glamorous duo to launch the Mostra

With Julianne Moore as President of the Jury and Catherine Deneuve as guest star, the Venice Film Festival, the oldest film festival that has become the springboard for the Oscars, kicked things off with a glamorous touch on Wednesday.

Guest of honor Catherine Deneuve is expected to kick off the evening on the red carpet to receive a Career Honorary Golden Lion at the age of 78. The French star had already received the award for best actress in 1998 for Nicole Garcia’s “Place Vendôme”.

When asked by AFP about the significance of this award, the tireless actress said: “We don’t look back. It’s not rejection, it’s that we don’t have time and it’s not part of my life, it’s mostly that!’

Generational change with New Yorker Noah Baumbach opening the competition with the official screening of “White Noise,” an adaptation of a novel by writer Don DeLillo.

The 52-year-old filmmaker, author of “Frances Ha”, “The Meyerowitz Stories” and “Marriage Story”, finds his favorite actors, his partner Greta Gerwig and Adam Driver. “It’s a film about life and death. We have to accept that they go hand in hand,” he said at a news conference.

Netflix

The selection of this film for the opening is a new hallmark for online video giant Netflix, which produced it and which is releasing no fewer than four films and a series about the Lagoon this year.

A total of 23 feature films (including only eight by women directors) compete for the Golden Lion, which will be awarded on September 10th.

Twenty years after she won the interpretation award for “Far from paradise” there, Julianne Moore has to meet the other members of the jury on Wednesday, including Audrey Diwan, the French director who won the Golden Lion last year, the “Iranian Leila Hatami ( seen in “A Separation” by Asghar Farhadi) or the Spanish director Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

Marilyn Monroe

Among the highlights of the festival is the anticipated arrival of a cohort of Hollywood stars, always numerous to appreciate the sweetness of the lagoon.

Starting Thursday, Cate Blanchett is set to climb the steps for her role as the brilliant conductor in Todd Field’s ‘Tár’ before handing over the star to Timothée Chalamet the next day.

The Franco-American, champion of the red carpet applause meter last year for “Dune,” is back for “Bones and All,” directed by Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”).

Penelope Cruz is represented by two films – a year after her Venetian coronation in Almodovar – and festival-goers are hoping to see the landing of British pop phenomenon Harry Styles, who starred in his partner Olivia Wilde’s film (‘Don’t Worry Darling’).

One of the most anticipated stars of the turning point is probably the Cuban actress Ana de Armas, who caught the eye in last year’s James Bond Girl and who takes up the challenge of interpreting Marilyn Monroe sixty years after her death.

This biopic by Andrew Dominik (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”) promises to turn heads with a feminist reimagining of the cinema icon’s life, based on the eponymous story Blonde. ‘, by writer Joyce Carol Oates.

Also eagerly awaited by cinemagoers are the new works by Alejandro González Iñárritu (“The Revenant”), in the form of a return to his roots in Mexico, by Darren Aronofsky (“Requiem for a Dream”) or by Joanna Hogg, with the Magnetic Tilda Swinton on the bill, or Jafar Panahi, imprisoned in Iran, and veterans Walter Hill and Paul Schrader.

French authors can’t be topped, from Rebecca Zlotowski to Romain Gavras via the actor who later directed Roschdy Zem.

Not to mention playwright Florian Zeller, who, following the success of The Father with Anthony Hopkins, presents The Son, another adaptation of one of his plays, starring Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern.

The opening and closing ceremonies will be broadcast by Canal+, which became the exclusive partner of Mostra after being replaced by France Télévisions and Brut at the Cannes Film Festival.

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