Almodovar’s ‘Madres Paralelas’ with Penelope Cruz to start event

ANSA – The Venice Film Festival makes its comeback from the COVID emergency that kept many stars away last year by opening Wednesday night in the presence of President Sergio Mattarella and with Life Is Beautiful star Roberto Benigni getting a career Golden Lion.
    The world’s oldest film fest will run until September 11 when a jury chaired by Parasite director Bong Joon-ho will give the best of the 21 films in competition the coveted Golden Lion that last year went to Oscar winner Nomadland.

epa09139941 (FILE) – Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni arrives for the screening of ‘Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice)’ during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 13 May 2018 (reissued 16 April 2021). The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement will be present to Roberto Benigni at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival, world’s oldest film festival, scheduled to take place at the Lido in Venice from 01 to 11 September 2021. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON *** Local Caption *** 54330875

At the Venice Film Festival, cinema’s future looks hopeful

CTVNews – Hope for the future of cinema was front of mind for many as the Venice International Film Festival kicked off Wednesday on the Lido.

In the face of the delta variant, and the trials those in the global film industry weathered last year, the 78th edition of the oldest festival in the world has returned, with precautions, to celebrate the best of what’s to come in film from both newcomers and established veterans, like Jane Campion and Pedro Almodovar.