The Venice Film Festival kicks off today, Wednesday, with the return of Hollywood stars, most of whom were reluctant to participate last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, at a time when the film sector looks to get out of a crisis caused by the health emergency.
The festival organizers hope that the strict preventive measures will contribute to the success of its 11-day activities without hassles. The theaters are opening their doors at half their capacity, in addition to the addition of a wall to block the red carpet from the crowds that gathered in the hope of obtaining autographs from movie stars in front of the main festival headquarters.
The festival obligated the participants and attendees to possess a health pass card or submit a negative test that proves that they are free of the Corona virus. “Everyone is excited to go back, to reopen, to start again, to show films that have been on shelves for a year and a half, maybe two years,” festival director Alberto Barbera told Reuters ahead of the opening ceremony.
He added that many stars and celebrities are attending this year’s festival, but fans will not be able to approach them due to preventive measures.
The Spanish director Pedro Almodovar will open the festival, one of the oldest film festivals in the world, with the screening of the movie “Parrell Mazres”, in which Penelope Cruz plays the role of a single mother who waits with another to give birth to their two children in the same hospital.
Other films competing for the Golden Lion for Best Picture include “The Power of the Dog” by Jane Campion, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst, and “Spencer”, in which Kristen Stewart plays Princess Diana.